if rocket is in pinstripes that means that at least two pitchers broke down come june. cashman does not want to chase after guys like him. he wants guys like karstens, igewa, pavano, etc to justify his new found authority.
He will play and he will play for the Yankees. He said that there's an 80% chance he's retired which means he's definitely coming back. He's been 99.9% retired before and still come back. This guy has too much of a competitive fire in his belly to retire.