As the Yankees prepare to make Rivera an offer, Bob Klapisch of the Bergen Record reports without being specific that it will certainly be a pay cut from the $15 million he earned over each of the last two seasons.
This is not a surprise, he’s going to be 43 and is coming off a major knee injury so we just don’t know how effective he will be next season. The Yankees basically just paid him top dollar to sit out an entire season. It’s just a matter of how much they expect him to swallow.
Contract negotiations between Rivera and the Yankees have not always gone easily. While not as public as the Jeter negotiations two years ago, but the two sides have gone to arbitration in the past and two years ago he feigned interest in the Red Sox just to gain leverage against the Yankees. Hopefully this doesn’t get ugly. Both sides want it to happen though so it shouldn’t.