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Yankees (officially) sign Rivera

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Dec 17, 2007 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Press release from the Yankees:

YANKEES SIGN MARIANO RIVERA TO A THREE-YEAR CONTRACT

The New York Yankees announced today they have signed right-handed closer Mariano Rivera, the American League’s all-time saves leader, to a three-year contract.

Rivera, 37, owns 443 career saves, the most in franchise history and the third-most all-time behind Trevor Hoffman (524) and Lee Smith (478). His 395 saves over the last 10 years are the most in the Majors while his 787 career appearances are the most-ever by a Yankees pitcher and place him in 42nd place on baseball’s all-time list. Among pitchers with at least 200 save opportunities, Rivera’s 88.2 percent career save conversion rate (443-for-502) is second-best all time, behind only Trevor Hoffman (89.3).

In 2007, Rivera was 3-4 with a 3.15 ERA and 30 saves in 67 relief appearances for the Yankees, ranking fourth in the American League with 59 games finished and tying for eighth in saves with Toronto’s Jeremy Accardo. Over his final 59 appearances (from 4/28), Rivera was 2-2 with a 2.23 ERA, converting 30-of-32 save opportunities. It marked the fifth consecutive season he reached the 30-save plateau and 10th time in his last 11 seasons (1997-2007), joining Trevor Hoffman (12) and Lee Smith (10) as the only pitchers in Major League history to record 30-save seasons at least 10 times.

Rivera’s 34 postseason saves and 76 postseason appearances are both tops in Major League history while his 0.77 ERA (117.1IP, 10ER) in postseason play is the lowest all-time (minimum 30.0 IP). He owns a Major League-best nine saves in the World Series, and only Whitey Ford (22) has pitched in more World Series games than Rivera (20).

The Panama native was originally signed by the Yankees as a non-drafted free agent on February 17, 1990 and is currently the longest tenured Yankee (12 yrs, 105 days).

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