Andy Pettitte making comeback with Yankees
Andy Pettitte announced his retirement on Feb. 4, 2011 at Yankee Stadium in New York. / AP Photo/Mary Altaffer
(CBS/AP) TAMPA, Fla. - Pitcher Andy Pettitte has ended his one-year retirement and is making a comeback with the New York Yankees.
The Yankees announced Friday that Pettitte had signed a minor league deal with an invitation to big league spring training. If added to the major league roster, Pettitte would get a $2.5 million, one-year contract.
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said there are no incentives in the deal and that Pettitte who is expected in camp Tuesday will only be a starter.
Cashman believes Pettitte will not be ready to break camp with the team when spring training ends early next month.
"It's Andy Pettitte,'' one club official told CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman. "How do you say no?''
Sums up Heyman from Tampa: "No one here doubts he can pull it off. If anyone can make it back after a year away, he can."
The 39-year-old Pettitte last played in 2010. The left-hander sat out last season, but was with the Yankees in camp this spring as an instructor. He threw batting practice several times, and also had a private bullpen session for team officials, including Cashman, manager Joe Girardi and pitching coach Larry Rothschild last Tuesday.
Pettitte first expressed interest in pitching again last December.
Pettitte is 240-138 lifetime. In his last season with the Yankees, he was an All-Star and went 11-3.
For many years, Pettitte was an ace for the Yankees and one of their most dependable pitchers in the postseason. He is 19-10 with a 3.83 ERA in 42 career postseason starts.
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