Though Andy Pettitte has been known to change his mind, he will not participate in the World Baseball Classic, according to major league sources. The news is not exactly a surprise, considering that Pettitte is 40 and preparing for perhaps his farewell season with the New York Yankees.
Pettitte will be missed, seeing as how the withdrawal of Atlanta Braves right-hander Kris Medlen leaves only Toronto Blue Jays righty R.A. Dickey, San Francisco Giants righty Ryan Vogelsong and Texas Rangers lefty Derek Holland on the Team USA rotation.
The U.S., however, may have an ace in waiting:
Detroit Tigers righty Justin Verlander.
Verlander, 29, has been in regular contact with Team USA manager Joe Torre about the possibility of joining the team, sources say. Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski said the choice will be Verlander's, and Verlander's alone.
"We let our players make their own decisions unless they're injured," Dombrowski said Monday. "It will be his decision if he chooses to pitch or no...