When Stephen Strasburg met with the Yankees this week, they reportedly brought in a five-time World Series champion to talk to the Nationals' ace. 

According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, Strasburg met with Yankees general manager Brian Cashman, manager Aaron Boone, pitching coach Marty Blake and Yankee legend Andy Pettite. 

Pettite also sat in on New York's meeting with free-agent ace Gerrit Cole as a way to make both pitchers comfortable and help persuade one or both to sign with the Yankees per Buster Olney.

Pettite was a member of the Yankees from 1995-2003 before he signed with the Astros in free agency. After three years in Houston, Pettite returned to the Yankees in 2007 and pitched the remainder of his career in the Bronx. 

The lefty finished with 256 career wins, 2,448 strikeouts and an ERA of 3.85 over 3,316 innings pitched. 

Washington is still considered the favorite to re-sign Strasburg, but their competition is stiff. The Yankees, Phillies and Dodgers have all had rumored interest in the World Series MVP. 

The winter meetings begin on Sunday and Strasburg reportedly could re-sign with the Nationals at the start or before the meetings take place. 

Only time will tell.