World Series hero Andy Pettitte has told the Yankees he wants to pitch in 2010.

The Yankees have identified Pettitte as their first priority and have begun negotiations to try to sign him to a one-year deal. Last year negotiations took months before Pettitte agreed to an incentive-laden contract that guaranteed him $5.5 million but paid him about $11 million in total.

There is every expectation they will be able to sign him, as it is well known he wants to be in New York. The Yankees are expected to make an offer of slightly more than $10 million to Pettitte today.

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