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According to the Associated Press Andy Pettitte declined his 16 million dollar option with the Yankees today. Pettitte said if he didn’t accept the option he would retire. So the next step remains for Pettitte.
Going into next year the Yankees projected starting rotation is looking like Chien-Ming Wang, soon to be 39 year-old Mike Mussina, Philip Hughes, Joba Chamberlain and Ian Kennedy. If the Yankees starting rotation is this for next year the Yankees may finally be in the position to miss the playoffs. Only Chien-Ming Wang is a proven good pitcher, the rest may be good to terrible next year.
This follows the current trend of Yankees leaving. Joe Torre recently became a LA Dodger. A-Rod has put himself on the market. Jorge Posada is being hunted by the Mets and others. The Yankees are already looking very different.