New York Yankees: Negotiations continue with Mariano Rivera on a contract extension. Not wanting the distraction once the season starts, Rivera set a deadline of Opening Day to get the deal done. The two sides have agreed to this much: two years with a third year option. George King of the New York Post reports that the Yankees have made what they hope will be their final offer. "The ball is in their court," said general manager Brian Cashman, referring to Rivera and his agent, Fernando Cuza. "He said he would get back to me (today). I feel very comfortable with the offer we put out." Rivera has been money for the Yankees since becoming their closer in 1997.
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