Yankees close in on deals with Pettitte and Rivera

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Yankees close in on deals with Pettitte and Rivera

The ageing New York Yankees, struggling to inject youth into their roster, appear poised to sign two of their evergreen core members for one more go-round in a drive for a sixth World Series ring since 1996.

Left-handed starting pitcher Andy Pettitte, 40, and all-time Major League Baseball saves leader Mariano Rivera, who turns 43 today, are reportedly on the verge of signing deals for one last campaign.

With 39-year-old Ichiro Suzuki and 40-year-old Raul Ibanez also on New York’s radar for a possible return season in 2013, the Yankees could be fighting Father Time as well as the competition on the diamond. The Yankees began last season as the oldest team in the majors with an average age 31 opening day.


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