Mariano Rivera wants to re-sign.
The future Hall of Famer informed New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman of his intention to return this past Friday, according to Erik Boland of Newsday. Mo is now a free agent, so the two sides will need to negotiate a new contract (likely a one-year deal).
Consequently, Rafael Soriano is as good as gone. Cashman recently admitted that the reliever wouldn't want to come back as a set-up man (via Wallace Matthews, ESPNNewYork.com).
Joakim Soria comfortable as his set-up man.
His agent, Oscar Suarez, tells Andrew Marchand of ESPNNewYork.com that "Joakim would be elated to work with Mo."
Soria underwent Tommy John surgery in the spring. Prior to that, however, he spent five seasons as an elite closer with the Kansas City Royals.
Hiroki Kuroda could accept qualifying offer.
He has until Nov. 9 to settle for the $13.3 million guarantee, and Danny Knobler of CBS Sports wouldn't be surprised if he did.
Kuroda doesn't mind pitching year-to-year at this point in his career. Plus, the qualifying offer represents a raise from his 2012 salary.