The closer, who appeared to waver in recent weeks regarding playing in 2013, told Yankees general manager Brian Cashman on Friday that he wants to return.

“Mo said he’d like to come back,” Cashman said Saturday afternoon by phone. “We’d like to have him back, he wants to be back, so now we’ll talk about a contract in the coming weeks.”

There are some potential obstacles in those talks, but none considered so major that they would drag on for an extended period.

Still, Rivera, who turns 43 Nov. 29, is coming off an ACL injury that cost him most of the season. He made $15 million in 2012 and is unlikely to be interested in a pay cut. If the Yankees insist on that, common ground could be found by loading a slightly lower base salary with incentives.

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For the record, we would offer Him $10 million — down from the $15 million He earned in 2012. Ten million is very fair considering He’s about to turn 43 and didn’t even play last season. Would He really turn down that type of money to play somewhere else and make a few extra mil? That would look terrible on His part.