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Mussina, Yankees reach terms: report

New York Yankees pitcher Mike Mussina reportedly reached terms Wednesday on a two-year contract extension.

New York Yankees pitcher Mike Mussina reportedly reached terms Wednesday on a two-year contract extension.

According to the New York Post, the extension is worth upward of $23 million US.

"We're that close to having it finished," Mussina said. "But I haven't signed anything yet."

The Yankees simply could have picked up Mussina's $17-million US option for next season, but preferred to decline it, pay him the $1.5-million US buyout and proceed to negotiate a more affordable deal.

"I want to stay," Mussina said. "So we will just get these last couple of things finished out and, hopefully, that'll be it."

Mussina, 37, posted a 15-7 record with a 3.51 earned-run average and one complete game in 32 starts for New York last season, his 15th straight with 10-plus wins.

The right-hander is an impressive 92-53 since inking a six-year, $88.5-million US contract with the Yankees on Nov. 30, 2000.

"I'm really happy that he's going to be back," Yankees catcher Jorge Posada said. "He's a perfectionist, he's a professional.

"And you understand, every time he goes out there, you understand that you have a chance to win. He prepares and he's ready."

Mussina is a six-time Gold Glove winner with a 239-134 lifetime record and 3.63 ERA, 57 complete games and 23 shutouts in 475 starts for the Baltimore Orioles and Yankees since debuting in the majors on Aug. 4, 1991.

His 2,572 strikeouts rank seventh among active pitchers.

With files from the Associated Press

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