When New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera fell to the ground and saw his season come to an end this past May with a torn ACL, he pledged a return in 2013. Now, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said that Rivera has informed the Yankees he plans to pitch next season.
Rivera pitched just nine games a season ago.
“He wants to play again,” Cashman told ESPNNewYork.com’s Andrew Marchand. “I’ll work with his agent, Fernando Cuza, on the details of a contract.”
Rivera vowed to return to the team just a day after he injured his ACL and he is ready to make his promise a reality. “I’m coming back,” Rivera said after suffering the torn ACL “Put it down. Write it down in big letters. I ain’t going down like this.”
Last season, Rivera made $15 million so a large pay cut would have to be coming his way in order to stay with the team. With the return of Rivera, it is all but certain that Yankees closer Rafael Soriano will be hitting the open free agent market. While Soriano seems destined for free agency, his agent Scott Boras says no final decision has been made.