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Yankees sign reliever Mariano Rivera for 19th season

Mariano Rivera made just nine appearances before tearing his ACL in 2012. (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) Mariano Rivera made just nine appearances for the Yankees before tearing his ACL in 2012. (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

The Yankees have signed closer Mariano Rivera -- baseball's all-time saves leader -- to a one-year contract, the team announced Friday.

The deal, worth $10 million plus incentives, according to sources in an ESPN report, is a reduction from the $15 million Rivera made in 2012.

"It wasn't an easy decision because there's more than just baseball with me. I have to consider my family and the church, too," said Rivera.

"But I feel like we have a great group of guys and a team that can compete for a championship. I'm not just coming back to play. I'm coming back to win."

Rivera, who turned 43 on Thursday, made just nine appearances last season after tearing the ACL in his right knee prior to a May 3 game in Kansas City.

He is in line -- along with shortstop Derek Jeter -- to set a Yankees record with his 19th season with the team in 2013.
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