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Pettitte returning to Yankees

Andy Pettitte is headed back to the Yankees.

Pettitte and the Yankees reached a preliminary agreement Friday on a $16-million, one-year contract, a deal that reunites the two-time All-Star with the team he helped win four World Series titles.

The deal in-cludes a $16-million player option for 2008, so Pettitte is guaranteed $32-million if he exercises the option. He must pass a physical for the agreement to be finalized.

Pettitte, 34, pitched for the Yankees from 1995-2003 and played a key role as they won Series titles in 1996 and 1998-2000. He left to sign with his hometown Astros.

The left-hander spent three years in Houston and, joined by former Yankees teammate Roger Clemens, helped the Astros reach the World Series in 2005.

And what of Pettitte's friend, Clemens, who pitched with Pettitte in New York and Houston?

"Roger has yet to decide what he wants to do," Randy Hendricks, the agent for both pitchers, said in an e-mail to the Associated Press. "He has, however, followed the events with Andy and the Astros very carefully."

Ex-Giant Uribe killed

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic - Former Giants shortstop Jose Uribe was killed early Friday in a car crash in his native Dominican Republic.

The Dominican National Police said Uribe's sport utility vehicle crashed about 3 a.m. on a highway about 30 miles west of the capital, Santo Domingo. Police said the cause was under investigation.

Uribe, 47, a second cousin of White Sox shortstop Juan Uribe, played in the majors from 1984-93, mostly with the Giants.

Sgt. Major Juan Quezada de los Santos of the National Police said Uribe wasn't wearing a seat belt. Uribe is survived by his second wife, Wendy Guerrero, with whom he had four children. He had at least 14 children total, longtime friend Glovis Reyes said.

RAYS NEGOTIATIONS: The Rays resumed negotiations and made progress in efforts to sign Japanese infielder Akinori Iwamura before the Dec. 15 deadline. Executive vice president Andrew Friedman and agent Alan Nero are expected to talk again during the weekend.

The Rays continue to discuss a potential trade of centerfielder Rocco Baldelli with several teams, including the Braves, whose interest appears significant. Some of the interested teams are involved in negotiations to sign free agent pitchers, which could affect what they offer.

CUBS: General manager and Dunedin native Jim Hendry was released from an Orlando hospital and felt better, but the team might ask him to scale back his duties for a few weeks as he recovers from an angioplasty procedure Thursday, the Chicago Tribune reported.

DODGERS: The team finalized a $47-million, three-year contract with pitcher Jason Schmidt.

And five-time All-Star and Tampa native Luis Gonzalez signed a one-year deal worth about $7.35-million. Gonzalez spent the past eight seasons with the Diamondbacks.

GIANTS: Lefty Steve Kline agreed to a $3.5-million, two-year deal to stay in San Francisco.

RANGERS: Outfielder Marlon Byrd signed a one-year deal.

ROYALS: Reliever Octavio Dotel agreed to a $5-million, one-year contract. The righty, 33, has missed most of the past 1-1/2 seasons because of an elbow injury.

TIGERS: Brandon Inge agreed on a four-year, $24-million extension.

WHITE SOX: Righty Mike MacDougal agreed to a $6.45-million, three-year deal.

Times staff writer Marc Topkin contributed to this report.