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Report: Rivera to play in 2013

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Closer Mariano Rivera isn't ready to turn in his pinstripes, confirming to the New York Yankees that he plans to return for another season in 2013.

Rivera notified general manager Brian Cashman that he'd like to play another season, the New York Daily News reported.

"I got a call from him saying he wants to play," Cashmad told the newspaper. "I'm not surprised. It's now up to (agent Fern) Cuza and me to talk on the phone and work the details out. At the end of the day, we'll do that. He wasn't certain ... now he is."

Rivera made $16 million in 2012 but he season ending in May. He tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee while shagging batting practice in the outfield at Kaufmann Stadium in Kansas City.

Multiple reports circulated in the days after the season ended that Rivera was undecided about his future and might be ready to retire.

Cashman said Rivera's recovery is on schedule. The nine-month window for his return to full workouts would make Rivera available in early March during spring training. The Yankees are likely to play it safe with the 43-year-old. That does not mean they'll look to bring back Rafael Soriano, who was offered a $13.3 million qualifying offer from the Yankees after option out of his contract.

That offer, however, is considered a formality with Soriano expected to test the open market for a multi-year deal.
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