Two years ago, the New York Yankees and Derek Jeter hit many bumps in the road when coming to terms on a new deal for the iconic shortstop. It was quite the ugly public affair that upset both sides. Jeter ultimately signed a three year, $45 million extension. Now, with news that future Hall of Fame closer Mariano Rivera would like to return to pitching 2013, attention now turns towards him and the type of contract he will receive if the Yankees plan to keep him from signing with another team . Early reports indicate the Yankees would like Mariano Rivera to take a pay cut.
As it stands, Rivera taking a pay cut from his $15 million salary is more than logical. He is turning 43 years old very soon and missed most of last season due to injury. General Manager Brian Cashman said a contract around $10 million with incentives is more likely, and spoke about the chances of Rivera being a Yankee next season:
“He wants to come back. We want him back.That’s the hard part. I am sure we will work through the issues.”
Although he is turning 43, there a plenty of teams who would line up to take a stab at signing Rivera should he not be happy with what the Yankees offer. Then again, how many teams would be willing to sign a closer who can’t stay healthy and is pushing his mid-40′s for more than $10 million a season? That is assuming Rivera is looking for more than a one year deal, which is still unknown.
Whatever the case, it’s safe to assume we won’t see a public debacle like we saw during Jeter’s negotiations. It would only be fitting for Mariano Rivera to sign with, and retire, a Yankee.
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