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Yankees, Rivera closing in on one-year deal

11:50 AM, Nov 30, 2012   |    comments
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New York, NY (Sports Network) - The New York Yankees and closer Mariano Rivera have reportedly agreed to terms of a one-year contract.

According to the New York Daily News, the deal could be finalized as early as Friday and is worth $10 million guaranteed with incentives that could bring the total package up to the $15 million he made in 2012, the final year of a two-year, $30 million pact.

Rivera only pitched in nine games last season before suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee while shagging fly balls in the outfield during batting practice before a game in Kansas City on May 3.

The veteran right-hander, who turned 43 on Thursday, had given indications that last season was going to be his final year, but after getting hurt stated that he was not prepared to go out with an injury.

Rivera apparently was uncertain about a comeback later in the summer and had been contemplating retirement before telling Yankees general manager Brian Cashman earlier this month that he planned to return for 2013.

The 12-time All-Star had five saves with a record of 1-1 and a 2.16 ERA in his nine outings last year. He is the all-time saves leader in MLB history with 608 since breaking into the majors with New York in 1995, and his 42 postseason saves have helped the Yankees to five World Series titles.

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