It seemed like Andy Pettitte had already made the decision that he wanted to return to pitch another season for the Yankees. It was just a matter of going home to Texas and getting his family's blessing.

"I still have a desire to pitch," Pettitte said tonight on a conference call after it was announced the Yankees had reached an agreement with the 40-year-old left-hander on a one-year deal reportedly worth $12 million, with incentive-based bonuses.

"I wanted to go home and see what my family was thinking, especially my wife, to make sure she hadn't had a change of how she was feeling.

"It was a pretty easy decision for me once I started working out. I could see I still had the desire to do the work. My family is behind me and I'm excited to be coming back."

Pettitte, who retired after the 2010 season, went 5-4 with a 2.87 ERA (75? innings pitched, 24 earned runs) in 12 starts with the Yankees in 2012 after joining the club on May 13.

He spent nearly three months on the disabled list with a fractured left ankle, but returned to make three regular-season starts and two postseason starts, going 0-1 with a 3.29 ERA in his playoff appearances. He pitched on a one-year, $2.5 million contract last season.

Having signed right-hander Hiroki Kuroda to a one-year, $15 million contract last week, the Yankees have the top three spots in their rotation locked up, with CC Sabathia, Kuroda and Pettitte. Phil Hughes is expected to be the fourth starter with Ivan Nova and David Phelps set to battle for the fifth spot, at least until Michael Pineda returns from shoulder surgery in May or June.