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Andy Pettitte gets the deal he wanted

New York Yankees starting pitcher Andy Pettitte throws a pitch in the first innning against the New York Mets at Shea Stadium in New York City on June 28, 2008. (UPI Photo/John Angelillo)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Andy Pettitte throws a pitch in the first innning against the New York Mets at Shea Stadium in New York City on June 28, 2008. (UPI Photo/John Angelillo) | License Photo

NEW YORK, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- New York Yankees pitcher Andy Pettitte says he kept a promise to himself when he signed with the team this week, either to rejoin the Yankees or to retire.

Pettitte returned to the Yankees after three seasons in Houston, and will join free agents Mark Teixeira, A.J. Burnett and CC Sabathia.

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Late last year, he told a Houston television station his only considerations for 2009 were to return to the Yankees or retirement.

"The Yankees committed an awful lot of money to me and put it in my hands, gave me a player option and trusted me with that option," Pettitte, 36, told KRIV-TV in November. "It probably wouldn't be real honorable for me not to do anything other than shut it down or go back and play for (them)."

The veteran left-hander signed a one-year deal with the Yankees Monday that guarantees him $5 million.

Last season was Pettitte's first major league campaign without a winning record. He was 14-14 with a 4.54 ERA.

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