Mariano Rivera, Yankees close to contract

Stephen Dunn

The all-time saves leader is returning to New York for his 17th season as closer with a deal worth $10 million.

The New York Yankees and reliever Mariano Rivera, owner of the all-time saves record, are close to finalizing a one-year contract worth $10 million, including incentives, according to reports by Jon Morosi of FOX Sports and Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.

Rivera has dealt with the decision of whether to retire or stay in baseball for months now, after pitching just nine games in 2012 due to a knee injury. The 43-year-old Panamanian now looks bound to return to wearing pinstripes for his 17th straight season as the Yankees closer.

It looks like the Yankees have no intentions of trying out a so-called youth movement: They have been busy re-signing tested veterans such as Hiroki Kuroda and Andy Pettitte to one-year deals, and now Rivera, the man with 608 saves and a future Hall of Famer, is going to join them at the Bronx in 2013.

And despite his injury, Rivera cannot be counted out: He's had an ERA below 2.20 in nine of the last ten seasons, and has certainly been a guarantee for Yankee success in the postseason, with an 8-1 record and a 0.70 ERA with 42 saves.

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