Mariano Rivera told today's crowd he wants to play for five more years, according to the New York Times' Jack Curry. Rivera explained:
"I'm serious. I hope the organization does whatever it takes to bring me back. I know I have another year under my contract, and then whatever happens happens."
Of course, as Curry notes, "A few months before the 2000 season, Rivera shocked the Yankees by saying he wanted to pitch four more years, then retire to become an evangelical minister."
Rivera, 40 later this month, added to his legend in 2009 with 44 regular season and five postseason saves. It's difficult to justify $15MM a year for a reliever, but if anyone's worth it, it's Rivera.