- Wallace Matthews, ESPN Staff Writer
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The deal between the Yankees and Rafael Soriano has been made official after the reliever has passed his team physical Tuesday. Soriano will be introduced at a news conference at Yankee Stadium Wednesday morning.
The Yankees and Soriano, who led the AL in saves with 45 as a member of the Tampa Bay Rays in 2010, came to terms Thursday night on a three-year contract potentially worth $35 million, although Soriano has the right to opt out of the deal after either of the first two seasons.
The Yankees intend to use Soriano as the set-up man for 41-year-old Mariano Rivera with the possibility that the 31-year-old right-hander could succeed Rivera in the position when Rivera's new contract runs out after the 2012 season.
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