Yankees and Rivera Quietly Close to Signing for $17 Mil 1

Via Ken Fidlin of the Toronto Sun:

While Derek Jeter and the Yankees remain at an impasse, Mariano Rivera is quietly closing in on a new contract that will pay him $17 million.

Rivera, 41, is seeking a two-year deal but the Yankees have not yet agreed to go beyond one more season for their iconic bullpen closer, though they haven’t balked at giving him a raise over his previous $15 million stipend.

This doesn’t mean that the two sides have finalized anything. It sounds like they are getting pretty close though. Brian Costa of the Wall Street Journal reported that the team will meet with Rivera’s agent Fernando Cuza this week and again during the winter meetings. At this point there is no reason to expect a deal can’t be done by then.

It sounds like the Yankees are more than willing to give Rivera a raise on his $15 million salary if he’s willing to sign a one-year deal. Hopefully it works out that way. If he’s healthy a year from now they’ll have no problem giving him another one-year deal.

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