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Pettitte to rejoin Yankees

Andy Pettitte is headed back to the New York Yankees. Could Roger Clemens be next?

Pettitte and the Yankees reached a preliminary agreement yesterday on a $16 million, one-year contract, a deal that reunites the two-time All-Star with the team he helped to win four World Series titles.

"Roger has yet to decide what he wants to do," Randy Hendricks, the agent for both pitchers, said in an e-mail to The Associated Press. "He has, however, followed the events with Andy and the Astros very carefully."

Pettitte's deal with the Yankees includes a $16 million player option for 2008. Hendricks said Pettitte would not exercise the option if he were hurt and unable to play.

Pettitte must pass a physical for the agreement to be finalized. Yankees general manager Brian Cashman confirmed the preliminary agreement but declined further comment.

"It's been a brutal several days trying to come to this decision," Pettitte told Houston television station KRIV.

Pettitte, 34, pitched for the Yankees from 1995-2003 and went 13-8 for them in postseason play.

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