Decision may come by mid-December

Updated: November 26, 2003, 7:31 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

HOUSTON -- The Houston Astros' offer to Andy Pettitte is in the range of $10 million per year, with some of that money deferred, ESPN.com's Buster Olney reports.

Andy Pettitte
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Earlier Wednesday, Houston television station KRIV quoted unidentified major league sources as saying the Astros had offered the 31-year-old left-hander a three-year contract.

Agents for Pettitte met with Astros officials Tuesday and said that Pettitte -- who is coming off a four-year contract with the New York Yankees -- may have a decision on his future plans by the middle of next month.

Re-signing Pettitte is the No. 1 priority of the AL champion Yankees, who have said they expect to negotiate with him later in the offseason.

The Astros' offer to Pettitte will be decidedly dwarfed by whatever the Yankees offer, which will likely be in the range of $13-$15 million per year, Olney reports.

What Pettitte's decision comes down to now is whether he wants to return to his home state with his family or stay with the Yankees and the bigger paycheck.

Pettitte lives in the Houston area.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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