A month after the two sides agreed, the New York Yankees and Mariano Rivera finalized their three-year, $45 million deal Monday.
The clubs' career saves leader went 3-4 with a 3.15 ERA and 30 saves in 34 opportunities last season, coming off a three-year, $31.5 million contract. Rivera is third on the all-time saves list with 443, and his 34 saves and 0.77 ERA are the best of the best in postseason history.
Rivera also said that he was impressed with teammate Andy Pettitte for admitting to the public that he did use human growth hormone in the past, after his name was included in the Mitchell Report.
"I might have done the same thing. Who knows?" Mo said.By keeping Rivera around, the Yanks will be able send Joba Chamberlain to the rotation. The rookie earned a spot as Rivera' s primary setup man last season and finished with a 2-0 record and 0.38 ERA over 24 innings pitched.
In other MLB news, former big leaguer and ESPN baseball anchor Fernando Vina and his neatly-trimmed goatee have "come clean" about his past HGH use, after going into hiding for a few days when his name was included in the Mitchell Report.
Former New York Mets clubhouse attendant Kirk Radomski claims he sold anabolic steroids or HGH to Vina 6-8 times between 2000 and 2005, with the personal checks to prove it. Of course, Vina denies having ever used steroids.
"Was it right? No. Obviously, it was wrong ... I'm embarrassed by it," Vina said of his past performance-enhancer use.See Vina's interview with ESPN here.
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