Agent says Pettitte will pitch in 2007

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Andy Pettitte decided Wednesday he
will pitch next year rather than retire, a move that will set off
negotiations with his hometown Houston Astros and the
New York Yankees.

"Andy told me he wants to play in 2007 and perhaps beyond,"
said his agent, Randy Hendricks.

Pettitte pitched for the Yankees from 1995-2003, helping New York
win four World Series and six AL pennants. He spent the last three
seasons with the Astros, who reached the World Series for the first
time in 2004.

Hendricks is expected to talk primarily with the Yankees and

"There is no timetable other than all deliberate speed,"
Hendricks said.

Pettitte was 14-13 with a 4.20 ERA in 35 starts for the Astros
last season. His decision to leave the Yankees in 2003 also caused
New York teammate Roger Clemens to put off retirement and sign with
the Astros.

He was a fan favorite with the Yankees, but it's unclear whether
the two-time All-Star would want to leave Houston and return to
New York. With the Astros, he would be the No. 2 starter behind
Roy Oswalt.

In New York, he would join a rotation that includes
Chien-Ming Wang, Mike Mussina and Randy Johnson.

Pettitte helped the Yankees win four World Series titles, and
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman acknowledged that players from that era hold a special
appeal for the team's fans.

"There's no doubt there's a love affair for some of these
players that will last for a lifetime, and you've seen that
obviously when some of these guys return to our park in another
uniform -- or guys that have been playing with us still," Cashman