Yankees reach two-year, $30 million agreement with Rivera

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Well, the Yankees have wrapped up negotiations with one of their veteran free agents.

Red Christian of the New York Daily News reports that closer Mariano Rivera has agreed to terms on a two-year contract worth $30 million and that the agreement will be finalized on Friday.

Rivera’s talks went smoothly because he wasn’t asking for an unreasonable amount of money (cough, Jeter) or years (cough, Jeter) and because he’s actually still an effective player.

The 41-year-old Mo posted a fantastic 1.80 ERA and 0.83 WHIP along with 33 saves in 38 opportunities this year for New York.  He was apparently offered a three-year deal worth around $17 million annually from another club, but he turned that down in order to end his career where it started.

Rivera remains one of the most dominant relievers in all of baseball.

Report: Welington Castillo to be suspended 80 games for violating Joint Drug Agreement

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Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic confirms a report from journalist Américo Celado that White Sox catcher Welington Castillo will be suspended 80 games for violating baseball’s Joint Drug Agreement. Castillo was believed to have used a steroid, but according to Rosenthal, the substance was not a steroid. More details should come on Thursday.

Castillo, 31, entered Wednesday’s action batting .270/.314/.477 with six home runs and 15 RBI in 118 plate appearances. He has gotten the bulk of the work behind the plate, backed up by Omar Narváez.

Castillo’s absence will likely prompt the White Sox to call up Kevan Smith from Triple-A Charlotte. Smith battled an ankle injury in March and April, so he got a late start to the season. In 102 PA at Triple-A, he has hit .283/.343/.457.