New York Yankees reliever Mariano Rivera has informed the team that he wants to be back next season.

The Panamanian pitcher "wants to play again. I am going to work with his agent, Fernando Cuza, on the details of his contract," Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said.

Contract negotiations could be difficult because Rivera earned $15 million last season and the team is not sure how much it can offer him since he only played in nine games.

Dominican reliever Rafael Soriano, who stepped in for Rivera, pitched brilliantly, saving 42 games in 46 opportunities.

Soriano opted out of the final year of his contract with the Yankees, but he did not rule out returning to the Bronx Bombers under a new contract.

Rivera tore the ACL in his knee before a game against the Kansas City Royals in May. EFE