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The New York Yankees completed the final part of their offseason plan, agreeing Friday to a $39.99 million, four-year contract with Mariano Rivera, the Associated Press learned.

Rivera, who becomes the highest-paid relief pitcher in baseball, gets an $8 million signing bonus payable over four years, $7.15 million this season, $7.45 million in 2002, $8.5 million in 2003 and $8.89 million in 2004, according to a lawyer familiar with the negotiations who spoke on the condition he not be identified.

The agreement was to be announced later today at the Yankees' training camp in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

"I was born with the Yankees. I will remain a Yankee," Rivera said this morning after reporting to spring training a day late because of food poisoning.

In Tampa, Fla., Joe Torre mentioned his desire to manage the Yankees beyond 2001 when he met briefly Thursday with owner George Steinbrenner.

Steinbrenner and Torre talked for just under 10 minutes in the manager's office. Torre will get $3 million this season in the final year of his contract.

"He came in here today and just said, 'When things quiet down, we'll go out and have some lunch,' " Torre said.

Torre said there is no timetable for talks on an extension. The Yankees have won four World Series titles and reached the postseason in all five seasons Torre has managed the team.

Also, outfielder Henry Rodriguez signed a one-year contract, a move that pushed the team's payroll over the $100 million mark. Rodriguez agreed to a $1.5 million pact in mid-January but the Yankees, who were at the 40-man limit on their roster, held off finalizing the deal until Thursday.

Angry Sirotka joins Jays

DUNEDIN, Fla. -- Mike Sirotka joined the Toronto Blue Jays, angry that Chicago White Sox General Manager Kenny Williams jokingly referred to his injury situation as "Shouldergate."

The lefty was acquired from the White Sox on Jan. 14 in the six-player trade that sent David Wells to Chicago. He is unsure when or if he will pitch this year.

"I would expect a little more respect on the matter from Kenny," Sirotka said. "He doesn't have to deal with the injury. He knows as a player, especially from a pitcher's standpoint, an injury to your throwing arm is in some way a threat to your career. I didn't really appreciate that comment. But it's really turned into a bit of a mess, anyway."

Toronto said it was unaware he had a torn rotator cuff and labrum, and the Blue Jays intend to ask the commissioner's office for additional compensation.

Around the bigs

Detroit Tigers' broadcaster Ernie Harwell has been added to the National Baseball Hall of Fame's 15-member Veterans Committee. Harwell replaces Bob Broeg, who retired in January after serving on the committee for 29 years.

Oakland Athletics manager Art Howe agreed to a one-year contract extension through the 2002 season.

Deion Sanders showed up at the Cincinnati Reds' training complex in Sarasota, Fla. and hit in the batting cage even though he's not under contract. The Reds signed Sanders to a minor-league deal last month.

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