Pettitte said that he does not know when he will decide on his pitching future. The report said that Pettitte was annoyed when the reporter showed up on his doorstep.
"I don't want to be a story," Pettitte said. "I really don't want [the Yankees] to worry about me. I just want them to go, just go on."
The Yankees have largely followed that advice. General manager Brian Cashman has proceeded as though Pettitte will not return, saying that the left-hander was very clear about not wanting to hold up their offseason business while he decides.
"I could just tell you that he has been very good about it," Cashman said this week. "He has informed us about, 'Don't wait on me, I'm leaning toward retirement. As of right now I'm not playing, and if I change my mind, I'll let you know.'"
Starting pitching continues to be the Yankees' top priority after missing out on their No. 1 target, Cliff Lee, who turned down a larger offer from New York to return to the Phillies.
If the season started today, the Yankees' rotation would likely be headed by CC Sabathia, A.J. Burnett and Phil Hughes, with Ivan Nova and Sergio Mitre filling in the back end.
Cashman has said that there are not many appealing starting pitching options on the open market past Pettitte, whom they would pursue if and when he puts himself in play.
"I don't see much in the marketplace that would have me take that type of money and throw it at somebody else," Cashman said.
Just back from a two-week vacation, Pettitte laughed when he was told he looked ready to pitch, according to the report.
"I haven't done much," Pettitte said. "That's for sure. I was over in Hawaii, so I'm tan. My daughter keeps telling me I'm getting more gray hairs every day, so I don't know about that."
Pettitte would not tell the Post if he was currently leaning toward retirement. The southpaw said that he is reluctant to discuss his decision in any depth because he does not want his words to be blown out of proportion in New York.
"Everybody's so emotional up there," he said. "I feel like if you say anything, everyone reacts. I know that's what you're trying to do, but it's just like you see where I'm at down here."
The interview with the reporter concluded with the question, "See you in a few weeks in Tampa?"
"I don't know about that," Pettitte said, with a smile.