New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi says he'll talk to Mariano Rivera in the offseason about whether the team'closer definitely wants to retire.
Girardi told ESPNNewYork.com on Tuesday that he thought Rivera could still be a very effective closer next year.
Girardi said he'll advise baseball's career saves leader to take a month or two this winter to make sure he wants to walk away from the game even though he has stayed healthy all year.
The 43-year-old Rivera announced his plans to retire during spring training and has been on something of a farewell tour around the majors all season. He insisted he has made his decision.
''I told you guys already. I don't know why we're talking about this,'' Rivera said.
Girardi was asked about his comments after Rivera earned his 40th save in New York's 6-4 victory over the Chicago White Sox. The manager said he's not lobbying Rivera to return, he would simply be offering the perspective of a former player who retired at 39 because of ache...