The Yankees and Mariano Rivera are getting close to a one year agreement and have agreed on parameters of a one-year deal and should have it all wrapped up by Friday, according to Jayson Stark of ESPN.com.
Rivera finished up a two-year, $30 million contract last year, but after missing most of the 2012 season the Yankees were expected to offer him a lesser contract this time around somewhere in the $11-$12 million range plus incentives that could escalate the deal to as high as $15 million.
Today is actually Rivera’s 43 birthday so the Yankees are taking a bit of a risk with a pitcher coming off a torn ACL. He has had a sub-2.00 ERA each year since 2008. Last season he only pitched in nine games and had a 2.16 ERA with a 8.6 K/9 and a 2.2 BB/9 — all numbers perfectly in line with his career norms.
The Yankees are motivated to get a deal done soon because the Winter Meetings start in Nashville on Monday. With Rivera locked in by then they can focus on filling potential vacancies behind the plate and in right field.