New York Yankees starter Andy Pettitte will announce his retirement at a press conference tomorrow, a person familiar with the negotiations told the Associated Press. ESPN Radio's Michael Kay was the first to report Pettitte's intention to retire.
The 38-year-old Pettette's retirement could put a serious hole in the Yankees' 2011 starting rotation. Yankees GM Brian Cashman had already been looking for a starter after Pettitte told the team it was unlikely he'd play this season, but the announcement could leave Cashman scrambling. CC Sabathia, Phil Hughes and A.J. Burnett are the likely top three starters. Veteran righthanders Freddy Garcia and Bartolo Colon will get a look in spring training, while Ivan Nova and journeyman Sergio Mitre will also compete for a spot.
Pettitte was 11-3 with a 3.28 ERA for the Yankees last season in a year shortened by a groin injury. His career record of 240-138 in 16 seasons with the Yankees and Houston Astros is impressive, but his playoff record of 19-10 earned him the reputation of being a clutch performer. He had a record of 7-2 in American League Championship Series games. Pettitte's best season came in 1996 when he went 21-8 and finished second in the Cy Young Award voting.
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