“I don’t know what will happen,’’ Mariano Rivera said. “I have one year left. I might call it over. I will know more in spring training.’’
Rivera, who turns 42 at the end of the month, is on the final year of a two-year deal that will pay him $15 million this season. He hasn’t been slowing down statistically, but Rivera used to often retire to talk about fulfilling a higher calling. He has stuck around because he has been so effective, but at a certain point you have to wonder what he has left to prove.
For what it’s worth, Rivera has said that he won’t retire until he gets to play an inning at center field. He was mostly joking about that, but maybe if Joe Girardi doesn’t let him do it, he’ll stick around for one more year.