Yankees make Rivera deal official

New York Yankees relief pitcher Mariano Rivera pitches against the Texas Rangers in the eighth...

New York Yankees relief pitcher Mariano Rivera pitches against the Texas Rangers in the eighth inning during Game 6 of their Major League Baseball ALCS playoff series in Arlington, Texas October 22, 2010. (REUTERS/Hans Deryk)

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NEW YORK - The New York Yankees said Tuesday that they have re-signed closer Mariano Rivera to a two-year contract through the 2012 season.

Terms of the deal were not released, although the New York Daily News reported several weeks ago that the pact was for $30 million.

Rivera, 41, has played his entire 16-year Hall of Fame career in pinstripes since joining the Yankees in 1995, compiling an American League-record 559 saves with his signature cut fastball.

He showed little sign of slowing down last season, converting 33 of his 38 save opportunities with a minuscule 1.80 earned-run average in 61 games out of the bullpen.

Rivera has made at least 45 appearances in every season but his rookie year in 1995, winning five World Series with the Yankees and making 11 All-Star teams.


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