(NEW YORK) — One of the longest tenured New York Yankees is coming back for at least one more season. The team has signed starting pitcher Andy Pettitte to a one-year deal worth $12 million, according to ESPN.
The 40-year old Pettitte retired following the 2010 season, but returned during the 2012 season. And despite a small sample size, he pitched quite well. In 12 starts, Pettitte went 5-4 with a 2.87 ERA.
“As soon as the season was over, I spoke with Cash (Yankees general manger Brian Cashman) and he basically said, ‘As soon as you can, we want you back. I don’t know what you are going to do, but as soon as we decide, we want to sign you back,’ ” Pettitte said on Wednesday. “That obviously is huge for a player. For Cash to reach out and tell me that, you feel like the organization feels pretty good about brining you back and feels pretty good about what you have done.”
As much as the Yankees will rely on Pettitte in the regular season, the team is hoping he continues his stellar playoff career in 2013. In 44 postseason starts, Pettitte is 19-11 with a 3.81 ERA. 2013 will be his 15th season with the Yankees.
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Eliott C. McLaughlin, CNN Newswire
Jill Martin, CNN