Mariano appears headed back to Bronx

It looks like No. 42 will be back in the Bronx for two more years.

According to a New York Daily News report that cited a source familiar with the negotiations, the Yankees and their closer, Mariano Rivera, have agreed to a two-year, $30 million contract that will be signed by Friday night. The Yankees did not confirm this report.

The newspaper reported the news from the Dominican Republic, where Rivera’s agent, Fernando Cuza, was a guest at Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz’s charity golf tournament dinner. The News wrote that Cuza said the parties were progressing toward a deal and were “a little far apart,” but that the deal materialized, according to the Daily News’ source, when Rivera was offered a three-year deal and more money from another club.

And SI.com reported via Twitter that the mystery team was one of three clubs, including the Red Sox and Angels, that made Rivera three-year offers.

But the Yankees’ offer was good enough for Rivera, 41, who intends to retire in pinstripes.

“He wanted to stay loyal to the Yankees,” the source told the paper.

Rivera posted another remarkable season in 2010 at the age of 40, with 33 saves and a 1.80 ERA. He is second on the all-time saves list with 559 and has a career 2.23 ERA, but, of course, is more known for his postseason dominance.

Rivera has five World Series rings and owns a record of 8-1, a 0.71 ERA and 42 saves in 94 career playoff games over 31 series.

He had become a free agent after completing the three-year, $45 million contract he signed with the Yankees following the 2007 season.

– Doug Miller

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