Mariano Rivera and the Yankees haven’t exchanged offers yet, but when they do they’ll know that he wants a two-year deal with a raise to $18 million per season, according to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports.
The Yankees are not going to like this one. You can be sure they’re not going to want to give him a two-year deal at his age let alone a raise. The problem is they don’t have much of a choice. He can still do the job and they need him back. I could maybe see them giving him a two-year deal at $15 million a year, or even a one-year deal at $18 million, but they are going to resist this as much as possible.
Without Rivera in the mix they would have to sign a veteran like Rafael Soriano and as good as he is, there’s no guarantee he’s going to be as reliable as even a 41-year-old Rivera. Or they would be forced to rely on the ever injury prone Kerry Wood. Or worst of all be forced to rely on an unproven reliever like Joba Chamberlain or David Robertson while thinning out their middle relief at the same time.
This is not exactly a good situation for the Yankees to be in. Unlike with Jeter, Rivera has all of the leverage here.
Personally, as much as I love Rivera – it seems insane to give any reliever $18 million per season.