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Pettitte wants Yankees -- or a rocking chair

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LAS VEGAS -- All that talk about Andy Pettitte becoming a Dodger was apparently just that -- talk.

Randy Hendricks, the agent for the free-agent left-hander, helped to initiate moves that led to a phone call between Pettitte and Dodgers Manager Joe Torre earlier this fall. That wasn’t an effort to find work for his client in L.A. -- but rather to drive the price up in New York.

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Pettitte, 36, made $16 million during each of the last two seasons, and wants that much again next year. But the Yankees’ best offer is $10 million. And if New York doesn’t deliver, Pettitte, who won 14 games last year, is said to be leaning toward retirement rather than pitching for another team -- Torre’s Dodgers included.

Yankees Manager Joe Girardi said Tuesday that he hasn’t spoken to the pitcher in about 10 days.

-- Kevin Baxter


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