Mariano Rivera Looking for 2 Year Deal

Via Joel Sherman and George King of the NY Post:

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.

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5 Responses to Mariano Rivera Looking for 2 Year Deal

  1. Mindkind says:

    Well I would give Rivera a 2 year deal. The problem would be how much? How can the Yankees ask Rivera for a pay cut when he didn't have a down year? He performed at a high level like always so what would they tell Mariano when he asks, why do I have to take a pay cut? He didn't show signs of slowing down, except for some minor rough stretches Mariano Rivera was as dominant as in the past. 2 years $15 Millions per. Better for the Yankees of course would be 1 year at $15 Million plus a 1 year team option also at $15 Million. But Mo did his part on the field now the Yankees have to do their part with their wallets.

  2. Tanned Tom says:

    A 2 year deal for a 41 year old pitcher? Let's be real. After 40 it's one year at a time.

  3. Bronx Knight says:

    Mo has not lost a step, and he is one of the all-time great Yankees. We have to give him the benefit of the doubt. Besides, can you think of a better closer than Mo for the next two years?

    So, I would offer him a two-year deal. BUT if he asks for a raise, I would say that's fine, but then YOU pay the injury insurance. (Teams frequently buy insurance on big contracts, with payouts in the event the player dies or is disabled.)

    I have no idea how much those premiums are, but they must be very substantial for 42-year-old pitchers.

  4. Hardcore Yankee Fan says:

    One year at $15M with a second year team option for $15M with a $3M buyout. That would make a one year deal worth $18M if the Yanks don't exercise the option.

    While we all love Mo, he's not only old, but he IMO has never been the invincible difference maker that he's made out to be. He has blown his fair share of games, as many as most better closers. He singlehandedly could have won the 2001 WS but didn't. Same thing for the 2004 ALCS. Just keepin it real.

    • Mindkind says:

      Wow "but he IMO has never been the invincible difference maker that he’s made out to be", you gotta be kidding right? Rivera is the biggest difference maker in the history of the game.