The Yankees and their future Hall of Fame closer Mariano Rivera reached an agreement on a two-year deal worth $30 million Thursday night, according to Christian Red of the NY Daily News. The deal is not finalized but it is believed it will be by Friday night.
He even took fewer dollars and fewer years than other teams offered to sign:
Thursday night, Rivera’s agent Fernando Cuza – who was one of the many guests at Red Sox slugger David Ortiz‘s celebrity golf tournament kickoff dinner – had said the Yankees and Rivera’s camp were “a little far apart” on getting a new deal done for Rivera, and that “hopefully we’ll be able to work it out.” But within hours, a deal came together, perhaps expedited because Rivera had recently received a three-year deal and more money (believed to be in the neighborhood of $17 million per year) from another team, according to the source. The source added that Rivera wanted to maintain his ties to the only team he has ever played for, and went with less money and fewer years to continue wearing pinstripes.
“He wanted to stay loyal to the Yankees,” the source said.
Those offers might have been simply to drive up Rivera’s cost to the Yankees, but since there were three of them it seems safe to say that there was a great demand for Rivera this offseason. With all of that leverage he certainly could have made outrageous demands of the Yankees. It’s a good thing Derek Jeter doesn’t have this kind of leverage or who knows what he’d be asking for.