The New York Yankees and Hall of Fame-bound reliever Mariano Rivera have finalized a one-year, $10 million contract.
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Rivera, the most accomplished closer in baseball history, pitched in just nine games last season before suffering a season-ending knee injury. Rivera, who turned 43 Thursday, had hinted that the 2012 season would be his last in the majors before he suffered the injury. Now he will report to spring training as the Yankees’ closer for a remarkable 17th straight season.
Rivera’s 608 saves and 892 games finished are the most all-time. He’s had an ERA below 2.20 in nine of the last 10 years while achieving his greatest successes in the postseason, where he has a career 8-1 record, 0.70 ERA and 42 saves.
The Yankees have spent considerable time and resources this month locking up veteran pitchers from this year’s team. They already re-signed starters Hiroki Kuroda and Andy Pettitte to one-year deals worth $15 million and $12 million respectively.