Pettitte back for more

BOB ELLIOTT -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:48 AM ET

NASHVILLE -- Left-hander Andy Pettitte decided he would not retire after a full-court press from teammates and will pitch for the New York Yankees next season. Pettitte was 15-9 with a 4.05 earned-run average, 11-3 after the break.

"Players such as (Derek) Jeter and (Jorge) Posada told him how much they needed him back, as did Brian Cashman and Joe Girardi," Pettitte's agent Randy Hendricks said. "Andy decided this weekend that he didn't want to keep the Yankees on hold as they sought to determine their team for next year."

The Yankees also signed catcher Jose Molina to a two-year $4-million US contract.

THE DEALS

The Washington Nationals acquired Elijah Dukes (.190 average, 10 homers and 21 RBIs) from the Tampa Bay Rays for minor-league pitcher Glenn Gibson. Dukes began the season as Tampa Bay's starting centre fielder, but was sent to the minors June 22 ... The Chicago White Sox acquired Carlos Quentin (.214, five, 31 in 81 games) from the Arizona Diamondbacks for infielder Chris Carter (.291, 25, 93 at single-A Kannapolis in 126 games).

TIMLIN NOT FINISHED YET

The Boston Red Sox and reliever Mike Timlin reached a preliminary agreement on a one-year contract worth $3 million.

BONUSES FOR ROGERS

Kenny Rogers can earn an additional $2 million in bonuses under his new contract with the Detroit Tigers and would receive the entire amount if he pitches 200 innings.

Rogers agreed last week to return to the Tigers for an $8-million base salary, the same as in his previous contract, which covered 2006 and 2007.

His new deal calls for bonuses of $250,000 each for 150, 160, 170 and 180 innings, and $500,000 each for 190 and 200 innings. The payment of any bonuses he earns would be deferred until 2010.

AWARDS

Sandy Johnson, older brother of former Blue Jays manager Tim Johnson, will be presented with the Scout of the Year director's award tomorrow. Johnson signed the likes of Juan Gonzalez, Ivan Rodriguez and Sammy Sosa.

He now is a special assistant to New York Mets GM Omar Minaya.

Tom Giordano, of the Rangers, will be named the east coast scout of the year, while Jim Walton, of the Major League Scouting Bureau, received top honours in the mid-west and Ed Sukla, also of the Bureau won in the west.


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