Whether Pettitte's status is in play or not, think about all the prominent names whose place in the Yankees' universe will be hanging out there this winter: Clemens, Rivera, Jorge Posada, Joe Torre, Bobby Abreu and, oh yeah, A-Rod. The Yankees also need to figure out what they're going to do about Joba Chamberlain, Mike Mussina, Johnny Damon, Jason Giambi, first base and their bullpen with or without Rivera. So no wonder one prominent baseball man says: "Yankees baseball for the next decade will be determined by the results of this offseason … and all 4 million fans are watching."
EDIT Goddammit, LJ just ate my commentary.
Quick recap, then:
Keep: Pettite, Posada, Rivera, ARod, Abreu
Lose: Giambi, Damon, Mussina, Clemens
If Torre stays, make sure he doesn't abuse the young arms, which he probably will anyway
Joba Chamberlain is in a very Papelbon-esque situation - could replace Mariano, but was bred as a starter, and if we lose too many starters this year, we need him in the rotation
Gotta try to keep Arod - he's finally won over the fans, and the man is playing out of his friggin' mind this year