During the season, [Mariano Rivera] repeatedly said he was going to take it one year at a time. However, there is talk within the organization that the future Hall of Fame closer wants a two-year deal.
That could present a minor hurdle since Rivera will be 41 late next month and made $15 million this past season.
He’s going to be 41, but he hasn’t lost any velocity. His strikeout rate was at its lowest since 2006 though. The fact remains that Rivera is so valuable to the Yankees that it may be better for them to keep him a year too long than have him retire too soon. A two year deal may be in their best interest.
The question of money will come up though. Rivera is coming off a three-year $45 million deal. At his age the Yankees may not want to pay him $15 million annually, but last time he was a free agent Rivera expected to get paid so he’s probably going to want the same this time around. It’s possible he could even want a raise.