Yankees Prefer To Offer Rivera One Year

The Yankees want to re-sign Mariano Rivera to a one-year deal, but the closer wants a two-year contract worth about $18MM per season, according to Yahoo's Jeff Passan (on Twitter). Jon Heyman of SI.com reported on Friday that Rivera was looking for a two-year deal and it now appears that the 40-year-old wants a raise from his 2010 salary of $15MM.

Like longtime teammate and fellow free agent Derek Jeter, Rivera will likely return to New York, but there's no guarantee that negotiations will go smoothly for either player. With 559 regular season saves, a career 2.23 ERA, strong peripherals and a history of relatively good health, Rivera has considerable bargaining power. The Yankees can point to Rivera's age – he turns 41 in a week – and suggest a one-year deal is fair, but Rivera has posted ERAs below 2.00 and been an All-Star each season from 2008-10.


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110 Comments on "Yankees Prefer To Offer Rivera One Year"


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jeter2blue
4 years 7 months ago

smart plan for the yanks. although, Mo is the greatest closer of all-times and a future Hall of Famer. Mo holds all the leverare

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photo6six
4 years 7 months ago

With Soriano still being available, Mo doesn’t have that much leverage.

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4 years 7 months ago

If you want Mo logging his 600th save in another Jersey, then yea he doesn’t have that much. Otherwise, he’s got it all. The Yankees put themselves between a rock and a hard place giving out such massive contracts. The actual Yankees now just want what they should have coming to them as they compare to the athletes that got it. Had those contracts not been given out, this discussion of $18MM for Mo and 5 years for Jeter wouldn’t even be happening right now.

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angels2011
4 years 7 months ago

as much as i hate the yankees rivera deserves a multi contract and a raise. he is the best closer of all time and is still proving it at his age. i wouldnt mind having him on my team.

as to jeter…. hes overpaid and dont deserve more than 6mil a year as per stats which are on decline and didnt have that great of numbers this past year.

currently over rated n never deserved a gold glove this year.

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jeter2blue
4 years 7 months ago

SIGN CLIFF LEE!

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Dave_Gershman
4 years 7 months ago

So the Yankees can continue their extreme capitalistic dominance in terms of payroll over the rest of Baseball?

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iicristianii
4 years 7 months ago

Yea ima yankee fan I love their dominance. Spend spend spend omg were breaking all the rules right, were not allowed to buy cliff lee or have our payroll at 200 mil cause all of baseball can’t do that right lol

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vtadave
4 years 7 months ago

Fess up – it was your mom that clicked “Like” on this one, right?

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iicristianii
4 years 7 months ago

oh wow kid ur not funny at all…just gotta love the yankee haters haha :) get a life…..I bet ur one of those haters who sits by his computer and waits for a yankee article

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El_Bobo
4 years 7 months ago

I bet you’re just one of those “fans” that likes them because they win.

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iicristianii
4 years 7 months ago

Lol no not even I live in NY so thts been my team my whole life if u don’t believe oh well idc….at least I kno the yankees spending just pissed you off :) I have nothin else to say except I hope the yankees buy who ever and what ever they want its all fair until there’s a salary cap :p

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El_Bobo
4 years 7 months ago

I don’t care that you live in NY, just because they’ve been “your” team your whole life doesn’t make you a better fan than the 6 year old who just watched his first game at Yankee stadium or at Fenway..The Yankees’ spending doesn’t piss me off at all, cause that’s just what they’re going to do. Yankees fans don’t piss me off, it’s just the ones like you

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iicristianii
4 years 7 months ago

Ok then I piss you I have no problem at all with that …my comment was for the people who complained if u dnt complain then happy for you but dnt say I piss u off cause tht for the people who sit there n act like the yankees cheat if you dnt. Like what I say u have a delete button…I also sont remember saying I’m a better fan then 6yrs old but then that would be you puttin words n my mouth.

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InLeylandWeTrust
4 years 7 months ago

Tomorrow morning I am going to murder your English teacher.

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moonraker45
4 years 7 months ago

already jumped off a cliff

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4 years 7 months ago

LOL no ones mad. Everyone just laughs because of your no talent front office that just wrecklessly spends money and then gets stuck in this situation. Steinbrenners net worth at death was 1 billion. Their funds aren’t endless. They recover faster then any team in any other sport… sure. But the way that any baseball fan sees things is numbers comparison. And by numbers comparison from dollars spent to championships won, its disgraceful. I’d be willing to do the math and say that the Yanks spent as much between their 2001-2009 World Series drought, as the Cubs have in their century long drought.Personally, it doesn’t bother me at all. It just makes me snicker that it took MLB like 15 years to admit there was a problem lol. Remind you of any other situations? *cough* steroids *cough* *cough* Hgh *cough* performance enhancers *cough*Ahhhh now I feel better.

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4 years 7 months ago

Yes, the Yankees spend too much money, but I think it’s harsh to call their front office “no talent.” They’ve built an excellent farm system that has produced many of their current and future stars.

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iicristianii
4 years 7 months ago

You gotta point with that there moneys not endless lol
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moonraker45
4 years 7 months ago

I love how when you started this argument you were at home or on a land line … but felt the need to take it on your phone as it heated up

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Ben_Cherington
4 years 7 months ago

i would bash your comment but it would be too easy to see right through and notice that its all jealousy!!!!

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iicristianii
4 years 7 months ago

What am I jealous of huh? Go ahead really…what am I jealous of cause last time I checked let’s see Ima yankee fan, Idc what they spend if they wana buy who ever they can…so what am I jealous of cause I kno I sure love when they spend money to make sure we can win year in year out, they don’t lose, they make the post season every year, they compete so wth am I jealous about..what I’m suppposed to be like other n complain wth…do you see me saying bad stuff bout the team so get out of here n get a life …dique “jealous”

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4 years 7 months ago

You say that as if it’s a bad thing. Last I checked, we’re a capitalist country, not a socialist one.

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Dave_Gershman
4 years 7 months ago

Baseball is a great sport. As a Baseball fan you don’t want to see the Yankees get every good player.

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Tko11
4 years 7 months ago

Unfortunately I think many yankees fans would not care if they had a lineup consisting of the top 9 hitters and a rotation of the top 5 pitchers…I dont see why they cant just create a salary cap and floor…it would somewhat level the playing field.

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MB923
4 years 7 months ago

Because the Players Union does not agree to it, that’s why. Ever know why the 1994 strike happened?

Like you and mostly everyone else, I agree there should be a cap, but there will be no agreement, and a salary floor is needed as much

Speaking of salary cap, it’s pretty funny how this year the NFL has no salary cap, yet the richest owner and team is one of the worst teams in the NFL (despite winning 2 straight)

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Tko11
4 years 7 months ago

You do know capitalist countries exploit the weaker ones right?

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Devern Hansack
4 years 7 months ago

lol

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4 years 7 months ago

Glenn Beck, tis you?

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4 years 7 months ago

But MLB is not is not a free-market capitalist system. If it were, there would be 6 or 7 teams in New York alone. This is why sports leagues are subject to congressional oversight, because by their very nature, they violate all sorts of anti-trust laws. Major league baseball does not allow other teams to move to New York, so how much should the Yanks or Mets pay for that geographical monopoly?

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Septhinox
4 years 7 months ago

Well, if people would watch the small(er) market teams, ala the world series this year, other teams would generate that type of revenue as well. Any one who complains and doesn’t support those other teams needs to STFU. Seriously.

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YanksFanSince78
4 years 7 months ago

Fidel is that you?

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4 years 7 months ago

You mean negotiating with Jeter and Rivera will be:

-Start relatively far apart
-Talk
-Meet somewhere in the middle
-???
-Profit!

Just like every other negotiation in the last 30 years? Color me shocked.

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bonestock94
4 years 7 months ago

2/36, make it happen

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YanksFanSince78
4 years 7 months ago

I have no problem giving Mo 2 years but why does he deserve a raise when he’s already the highest paid closer by far.

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Ferrariman
4 years 7 months ago

its only by 3million. K-rod makes 12mil, rivera made 15mil

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YanksFanSince78
4 years 7 months ago

So what does that mean? Is a mandate that we have to make him the highest paid closer by at least $6 mil over the #2? That’s just being greedy Mo!

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jb226
4 years 7 months ago

Isn’t greed the entire Yankees organizational strategy? Can’t exactly fault Rivera for trying to get himself a bigger piece of that pie.

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YanksFanSince78
4 years 7 months ago

Is it greed or is it trying to field the best team you can using all of your resources? I thought the goal was to win and not necessarily appease the rest of the mlb owners? As long as they make their fans happy and don’t brake any laws then so be it.

I don’t any player for wanting the most money but I do fault them when they are already being apid considerably more than what the market value is. My point is that Jeter, Rivera, Pettitte, Posada and Arod seem to be asking for more because the calendar has passed another year rather than based on anything tangible. The Yankees are already paying the “Yankee premium” by at least 20-30%.

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4 years 7 months ago

I’m an A’s fan, and I think the financial system in baseball sucks….with that said here are some random thoughts thrown out in no particular order.

I were Jeter or Mo, I’d hold my ground. The Yankees made $441 million in revenue in 2009, $171 million more than the #2 team, the Mets, and nearly $300 million more than the last place Marlins. They have a lot more to lose by alienating their fans. Could the loss of Jeter cost the Yanks $40 million in revenue? Jeter and Mo have played a huge part in making this team the financial juggernaut that it has become over the last 15 years. Sure, a lot of that had to do with factors out of their control, like the explosion of the cable industry, and the entertainment industry in general, but bottom line, they were in on the ground floor of this explosion, and I’d want as big a chunk of that $441 million as possible. Why should the Steinbrenners rake in all the benefits of their massive location advantage?

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YanksFanSince78
4 years 7 months ago

I don’t get it. It’s widely accepted that both Jeter, Mo and Posada are paid more than any other team would pay them. That being acknowledged why are people acting as if the Yanks aren’t ALREADY paying them a premium for their Yankee legacy? It’s not like their performance has been better since the last deal so a performance hike is inorder? Quite the opposite actually. Yanks are holding the line because while they have no problem paying the 50-100% above market value premium they don’t want it to balloon to 100-150% ‘just cuz.

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4 years 7 months ago

lol dude your not giving him anything its not your team or your money you just watch like a puppet

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YanksFanSince78
4 years 7 months ago

So. Aren’t we all? Don’t we all spend our money to fill our teams stadium to capac….oh wait. Rays fan. Ummm…don’t we all watch on tv and support our teams who get paid thru advertisements?

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jb226
4 years 7 months ago

People say “we” when talking about their favorite team. Get over it. It damn sure dosen’t require four (and counting) posts from you trying to chop them down.

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YanksFanSince78
4 years 7 months ago

I guess things are slow there.