NEW YORK -- A person familiar with the decision says that New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera plans to retire after the 2013 season.
The person spoke to The Associated Press on Thursday on condition of anonymity because there had been no official announcement. A news conference was expected Saturday at the Yankees' spring training complex in Tampa, Fla.
The 43-year-old right-hander is baseball's saves leader with 608. He missed most of last season after he tore a ligament in his right knee while catching fly balls during batting practice.
Rivera has returned home to Panama for a personal matter, and is expected to rejoin the team Saturday.
White Sox, Sale agree to deal
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Chicago White Sox say they have agreed on a five-year, $32.5 million contract with left-handed starter Chris Sale.
The 23-year-old went 17-8 with a 3.05 EA and 192 strikeouts in his first season a starter. He was on the American League All-Star team and finished sixth in the Cy Young voting.
Chicago general manager Rich Hahn says the team is "thrilled to be able to reward Chris for his accomplishments," and said that Sale is one of the best young starters in the AL.
Sale will receive $850,000 in 2013, $3.5 million in 2014, $6.0 million in 2015, $9.15 million in 2016 and $12 million in 2017. The team holds options for 2018 ($12.5) and 2019 ($13.5). There is $1 million buyout on both team options.
Furcal to have elbow surgery
JUPITER, Fla. -- St. Louis Cardinals shortstop Rafael Furcal will have major surgery on his right elbow next week.
The team did not say in its statement Thursday how long the three-time All-Star will be out. Dr. James Andrews, the noted orthopedist, examined Furcal Wednesday and will perform Tommy John surgery.
Cardinals manager Mike Matheny and general manager John Mozeliak will discuss Furcal's status at a news conference at spring training Thursday.
The 35-year-old Furcal has been sidelined since reinjuring the elbow he hurt late last season. Furcal and the team had tried rehab rather than reconstructive surgery in the offseason.