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Source: Rafael Soriano, Yanks agree

Updated: January 15, 2011, 10:39 AM ET
ESPNNewYork.com

The New York Yankees have agreed to a three-year, $35 million deal with reliever Rafael Soriano, a source confirmed to ESPNNewYork.com.

Soriano will be an eighth-inning setup man for longtime closer Mariano Rivera.

According to a baseball official, the idea is that if Rivera retires after his two-year deal expires, Soriano, 31, will be the heir apparent at closer.

In fact, Rivera in some sense chose his own successor, going to bat for Soriano with Yankees brass to convince the ...

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