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Ichiro Suzuki enjoyed playing in a competitive environment with teammates his own age.
Pettitte announces return, new contract being finalized.
It won't be a repeat of 2012, when the accomplished left-hander came out of retirement in mid-March to bolster the New York Yankees rotation. Pettitte already has his mind made up.
After earning just $2.5 million, ESPN's Buster Olney and Joel Sherman of the New York Post report he'll crack eight figures on a new agreement (about $11 million).
An ankle injury limited Pettitte to 14 starts last year (regular season and postseason combined).
Ichiro Suzuki eager to re-sign.
Suzuki is another aging-but-awesome player who could return in 2013.
Agent Tony Attanasio acknowledges that "his preference is to stay" after three enjoyable and productive months in the Bronx (via George A. King III, New York Post). He explains that the Yankees will deal with their pitching staff—Pettitte and Mariano Rivera—before turning their attention to his client.
The future Hall of Famer batted .322/.340/.454 with five home runs and 14 stolen bases once New York acquired him from the Seattle Mariners. He also did his best to carry the offense in October with a .275 batting average and five runs batted in.
Yankees have "renewed" interest in Jeff Keppinger.
Despite denial from GM Brian Cashman, "others in the industry" tell FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal that signing Keppinger would mean regular DH duty for Alex Rodriguez.
The utility infielder is coming off a stellar year where he finished with a .325/.367/.439 triple-slash line and only 31 strikeouts in 418 plate appearances. In addition, he could occasionally spell Robinson Cano and Derek Jeter at second base and shortstop, respectively.