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Deal might be announced in next day or two

The Yankees won four titles with Tino Martinez manning first base from 1996-2001. They haven't won a ring, however, since Martinez left the Bronx after the 2001 season.

According to multiple reports, the Yankees are bringing back Martinez's magic touch.

Martinez passed his physical at the Yankees complex in Tampa, Fla., and signed a one-year deal with New York. The Associated Press reported that Martinez and the Yankees had agreed to a preliminary deal that would guarantee him about $2.7 million and include a club
option for 2006.

The Yankees are expected to announce the signing in the coming days.

Martinez, 37, hit .262 with 23 homers and 76 RBI in 138 games for Tampa Bay in 2004, and has 322 career home runs. Before joining the Devil Rays, Martinez played two seasons for the Cardinals.

He likely will share time with Jason Giambi at first base, or could take over full-time if Giambi can't play because of health problems.

Tony Clark and John Olerud played first base in Giambi's absence last season. They both became free agents.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.