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HOUSTON -- Whatever the future holds for two local major leaguers, the Astros are definitely not in the picture.

Certainly this would have been my first choice to come back here and play for the Astros, but I think the organization wants to go in a different direction, and so, of course, that's gonna force me to go in a different direction, Lance Berkman said. It'll be interesting to see how it plays out.

Berkman, along with Pitcher Andy Pettitte, took part in the 15th Annual San Jacinto College Foundation Golf Tournament, which Pettitte hosts.

Berkman and Pettitte lived together in Pettitte's New York- area house after Berkman was dealt to the Yankees this past season.

In what has become an annual off-season question for Pettitte, I asked Andy if he would play again next year and if it's possible he would come back to play for the Astros?

The three years were great here, there's no doubt about it. But at this point in my career, it'll be New York or it'll be nowhere for sure. (I) just feel like I've done too many things up there and too many special things up there with that group of guys for too many years, not to finish it up ... up there, he said.

Pettitte has no timetable about when he'll make his decision, but he did make it clear if he pitches in 2011, it will be his last season. Period.

I'm just going to wait and see what my heart wants me to do. Right now, I can tell you my heart's right here in Deer Park. If something happens and I play one more year that would be it. It would be one more year and that would be it, he said.

He says, right now, he just wants to relax and enjoy the family and then he'll figure out his situation for next year.

Pettitte went 11 & 3 for the Yankees in 2010 and helped pitch the team into the ALCS, so he's confident he can still pitch in the majors.

But he says, my kids are getting older and one's going to be out of high school real soon, and I'm not going to miss his whole high school. I want to be able to be here and see some of his stuff and you can't see his stuff playing major league baseball. I just feel like a have a big responsibility here. I have three boys. I feel like I need to be around and raise them and I feel like we're getting to that point where it's the crucial ages of their lives that I need to be around a little bit more.

As for Berkman -- who hit .245 in 85 games with Houston in 2010, and .255 in his time with the Yankees -- he says the Astros have made it clear that the team doesn't want him back as part of their starting lineup.

I asked him if he would consider coming back to play in a backup role?

No, I feel like if I would have signed back here, I would have been one of the better offensive players on the team. So I'm looking for a team where I can get in there and play every day, he said.

The Yankees aren't interested in bringing Berkman back, at this point anyway.

They told me they don't have a place for me, he said.

He said he has no idea where he'll be playing next season.

I definitely like the National League, but at this point, I don't think I can afford to be too picky, Berkman laughed.

He and Pettitte both said they had plenty of laughs together while playing with the Yankees the final few months of the season. The two became close friends when they played together for three seasons with the Astros.

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