Originally written on NESN.com  |  Last updated 11/27/12
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Andy Pettitte‘s baseball itch apparently wasn’t scratched. After sitting out the 2011 season, Pettitte returned to the Yankees to make 12 starts in 2012. Now, it looks like he’s on the verge of returning for an 18th big league season. According to CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman, Pettitte is finalizing a one-year agreement with the Yankees worth about $11 million. The deal reportedly could be announced within the next few days, and it might not be the only move for the Bronx Bombers to announce. Heyman reports that New York is also optimistic it will have a deal with long-time closer Mariano Rivera by the week’s end. Pettitte went 5-4 with a 2.87 ERA last season in a campaign that was shortened due to a midseason ankle injury. The 40-year-old boasts a very impressive postseason resume, however, having won a major league record 19 playoff games. The lefty is 19-11 with a 3.81 ERA in 44 postseason starts. Rivera missed most of the 2012 season after injuring his knee while shagging flyballs in the outfield. The most decorated closer in baseball history is expected to receive a paycheck similar to Pettitte’s. Photo via Wikipedia/Andy Pettitte
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