Yankees’ Mariano Rivera will return in 2013

Whew!

There were suggestions that Mariano Rivera might retire, but lucky for us they are not true. Erik Boland of Newsday reported this morning that Rivera called Yankees GM Brian Cashman yesterday and told him that he wanted to come back next year.

“Mo called me yesterday and said he wants to pitch again in 2013,” Cashman told Chad Jennings of the Journal News. “So me and (agent) Fernando Cuza will bang out the details.”

Rivera is coming off a two-year, $30 million deal that paid him $15 million last season. The Yankees are likely going to want him to return on a smaller deal, but how much smaller is the question.

This likely means the end of Rafael Soriano‘s Yankee career. Soriano opted out of the final year of his three year contract last week. Yankees president Randy Levine suggested that it would take a four-year and $60 million contract. Cashman made it sound like the Yankees wouldn’t make a competitive offer if Rivera returned. The Yankees have offered him a qualifying offer of $13.3 million that he is yet to accept or reject.

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7 Responses to Yankees’ Mariano Rivera will return in 2013

  1. Joe says:

    Great news to have Mo back. Boras has Soriano brainwashed into a 60 mill/4 year deal. I'll take David Robertson in the set up role with Phelpsin the 7th inning.

    • Fred says:

      On top of that we still have Joba and Aardsma, assuming that one or both of them come back well from their injuries. I think Joba showed promise at the end of this year

      • Mike says:

        Joba is probably the most overrated Yankee pitcher on the staff. All he can do is throw hard and usually not in a very good location. If he is the only bridge to the end…Yanks could be in trouble!!!!

    • Mike says:

      It will be lucky if Mo comes back as good as he was. The injury plus his age creates doubt. It would be good to have Soriano back because I dont believe Robertson handles pressure well especially in the closer role.

  2. brian says:

    It never ceases to amaze me how hung up fans are on player salaries…

    JUST ENJOY THE BASEBALL PEOPLE… although im sure Hal's wallet is thankful you're all looking out for it

    • Fred says:

      I usually agree with you, but when the team has a spending limit that they're planning on enforcing it becomes something to think about. We want the Yankees to sign team friendly contracts, because if they don't the quality of the team will suffer to make the 2014 salary cap. And no one wants to see that.

      • brian says:

        billionaires must get a good chuckle at the way all of us little people buy into their BS hook, line, and sinker….