According to Pete Caldera of the Bergen Record, the Yankees aren’t seeking to enter contract extension discussions with Mariano Rivera’s agent during spring training. Rivera will be a free agent after 2007. Rivera is 37.
PECOTA says Rivera is worth about $23 million over the 2008-2010 seasons. He’ll make $10.5MM in 2007. Something tells me he’ll do a wee bit better than Jason Marquis, however. The free agent market after ’07 doesn’t offer anyone better, as Joe Nathan and Trevor Hoffman are likely to have their options exercised. Eric Gagne could be an option if he comes back strong this year.
K-Rod will be a free agent after 2008, unless the Angels give him an extension. It was supposedly a top priority this offseason; the Yankees may be eyeing him up as Rivera’s heir.