I realize that the initial reaction of Rivera, Pettitte, and Posada to Joe Torre’s departure has been negative. What do you expect them to say? “While I enjoyed playing under Torre, I am going to do whatever is best for me and my family.” No, of course not. It would be disrespectful of them to NOT be disappointed in what has happened with Torre.
But at the same time, is Rivera or Posada going to take less money to go to another team where they don’t have established roots? Doubtful. And is Pettitte going to go back on his word that if he was healthy he would come back for another year? Also, doubtful.
They will mourn for Joe, and then they will do what is best for their careers. And in all three cases, that is likely coming back to the Yankees.