"I know he talked about wanting to be home more. And if he does, I won't be surprised," Girardi said. "But if he comes back, I won't be surprised, either. And I wouldn't necessarily be surprised if that's what he said, (then) changes his mind in January. Because you know it's something that's been such a huge part of his life and his family life, that you miss it."
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A text message sent to Yankees general manager Brian Cashman was not immediately returned. Girardi said he hadn't spoken with Mussina since the season ended.
"I know Brian, as far as I know as of today, had not made him an offer," Girardi added. "But we were just kind of waiting to see what he said, and he was on our radar screen as well as many other starting pitchers that are free agents."
After missing the playoffs for the first time since 1993, New York is pursuing several big-name starters on the free-agent market, including CC Sabathia and A.J. Burnett.
Notes: Yankees 2B Robinson Cano said he'll spend a month playing winter ball in the Dominican Republic to prepare for next season, starting Friday. He also said he plans to represent the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic.
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