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New York Yankees, Mariano Rivera Expect to Complete Deal This Week

November 27th, 2012 at 2:17 PM
By Daniel Sirianni

After bringing back starters Hiroki Kuroda and Andy Pettitte on one-year deals, the New York Yankees are now optimistic they will complete a deal with Mariano Rivera this week. 

'Mariano Rivera' photo (c) 2007, Keith Allison - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

Kuroda was officially signed for $15 million and Pettitte, though not official, is nearing a deal worth close to $11 million. Rivera's deal is expected to be for one year as well, but worth more than Pettitte's. 

Rivera, who turns 43 later this week, was 1-1 with a 2.16 ERA and five saves in nine appearances last season. In early May, the future Hall of Famer's season came to an end after he tore his ACL snagging fly balls before a game in Kansas City against the Royals. 

Earlier this offseason, Rivera contemplated retiring, but has now decided to return for at least one more season. Though he has nothing left to prove and owns the all-time saves record with 608 career saves, Mo has been able to continue pitching at an All-Star level well past the age of 40. 

In 2011, Rivera recorded 44 saves and a 1.91 ERA in 64 appearances. 

With Rivera expected to return as the team's closer and David Robertson as the team's setup man, free agent Rafael Soriano is not expected to return as he searches for a long-term deal on the free agent market. The Yankees also have David Aardsma under contract, who has experience as a late-inning reliever. 

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