NEW YORK (AP) - A person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press that the New York Yankees have reached a three-year agreement with AL saves leader Rafael Soriano.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity Thursday because the deal has not been finalized. Soriano must still pass a physical to complete the contract, which could be worth $35 million.
Soriano led the AL with 45 saves last season for Tampa Bay and then became a free agent. The 31-year-old righty was 3-2 with a 1.73 ERA in his only year with the Rays and was a member of the AL All-Star team.
Soriano joins a bullpen that has 41-year-old Mariano Rivera as its closer. Rivera recently signed a two-year deal.