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Rivera to sign 2-year deal with Yankees

Posted on: December 2, 2010 11:12 pm
Edited on: December 3, 2010 2:02 pm
Mariano Rivera One of the Yankees free agents who wouldn't sign with anyone but the Yankees, will re-sign with the Yankees tomorrow.

Mariano Rivera will sign a two-year deal worth $30 million by Friday night, the New York Daily News reports .

While Derek Jeter's negotiations have been public and messy, Rivera's done his work quietly and effectively, which seems only fitting.

And unlike the Jeter negotiations, the New York Daily News reports Rivera received another offer -- and this one was actually for both more years and more money (three years, $17 million per year), but chose to stay with the Yankees.

"He wanted to stay loyal to the Yankees," the Daily News ' source said.

Rivera is coming off a three-year, $45 million deal, which incidentally is the same offer the team had on the table for Jeter.

Rivera, who turned 41 this week, had a good season in 2010, going 3-3 with a 1.80 ERA with 33 saves. He struck out 45 batters and walked 11 in 60 innings, while allowing 39 hits.

UPDATE: Jon Heyman of Sports Illustrated tweets the two of the three teams that offered Rivera more years and money were the Red Sox and Angels. There were some, "hey, wouldn't it be funny if..." situations thrown about with Jeter and the Red Sox, but wouldn't Rivera in Boston be just as much of a dagger -- considering he's a better player at this point of his career. Say what you will about the Yankees, here's someone they didn't just buy with money, but also with how they've treated him over the years. And Yankee fans should be grateful that Rivera is as classy -- and apparently loyal -- as they come.

UPDATE: Gordon Edes of reports that the Red Sox offer was two years at $15 million per, the same deal Rivera is getting to stay in pinstripes. And if all these reports are accurate, then it follows that it was either the Angels or the mystery team who made the three-year, $51 million offer. -- DA

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Since: Apr 8, 2009
Posted on: December 3, 2010 11:25 pm

Rivera to sign 2-year deal with Yankees

Great, I am glad to see this guy resign with the Yankees, between him and Jeter Rivera is far more valuable.  The only thing the Yankees need to do now to have a perfect offseason is let Jeter walk as the over the hill washed up player he is. 

Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: December 3, 2010 9:41 pm

Rivera to sign 2-year deal with Yankees

Yankees fans are so stupid and blinded by hate!!  I was givign the guy the unltimate compliment and saying that he is the REAL heart and soul of the team.  I was not saying anything at all about him being overpayed!  just the opposite! I said he was getting less than market rate because other teams were offering more but he remained loyal.  I also said he was the best releiver ever!!

you guys are so hateful you don't even see when someone is trying to give a phenomenial member of your organization a compliment!

grow up and learn to read.  if you go back and read the post there is not one negative thing ABOUT HIM in there.  yes, some idiot red sox fans booed ortiz and yes he responded by shoving back in their faces.  ortize should be commended for that as should riveria.

yankees fans are such tools!!

Since: Oct 22, 2009
Posted on: December 3, 2010 3:41 pm

Rivera to sign 2-year deal with Yankees

Dont want to hear anything about the Yankees taking care of their guys. Red Sox  are going to give varitek 2 million next year to hit 232 with 7 homeruns and some RBI's. Although he had some injuries and had limited playing time, what other catcher out there makes 2 Million and is in their 16th year with those numbers. If he was in the Yankee system, he would either be in Trenton or the YES booth. 2004 changed your life ?  The only thing it changed for Yankee fans is that now there is no more 1918 chant.

Since: Dec 2, 2010
Posted on: December 3, 2010 12:29 pm

Rivera to sign 2-year deal with Yankees


I hate to agree with you since I am Red Sox fan-but I do!  The Yankees compete in an industry that makes its own rules, i.e. no salary cap.  The Yankees give money to every team each year and those team refuse to spend the money on players, i.e. the Royals, Marlins, and Mariners.  Everyone complains the Yankees overpay for players, and they do at times, i.e. A-Rod. But in all reality this is the way the industry is set up.  Granted the Red Sox are slighty "better" in that they mix in "home-grown" talent, i.e. Ellsbury, Pedroia, Youkilis, Bard, Lester etc...  No one should complain about the way the Yankees compete because that is how all the other owners want it!  If the owners wanted a salary cap they would force it down the players throat and just give them revenue sharing, but they don't.

So all the "big-market" haters out there shut-up and play by the rules.  The Royals and the like get Top-5 draft talent every year that are locked into almost 6 years with that team at the MLB level, i.e. Carl Crawford.  Don't you think the Yankees, Red Sox and Phillies would love to have the opportunity to get the likes of Strasburg, Bryce Harper, Stanton, Justin Upton, Buster Posey, and Jason Heyward locked up for 6 years on the cheap at the MLB level!

Since: Sep 18, 2007
Posted on: December 3, 2010 11:03 am

Rivera to sign 2-year deal with Yankees

reduce the spending?..they are paying 15 million for 2 years to a 40 yr old man..because another team offered more?..and tyhey offer an every day player..the face of their franchise?..the same per year? a moron..reduced spending?..wait til u see jeters contract..what they offer for cliff lee..and carl crawford..and push the price up for him..then come talk about reduced spending..shows how stupid yankee fans really are..and u even listen to what u are saying?..WOW

Since: Sep 26, 2006
Posted on: December 3, 2010 10:25 am

Rivera to sign 2-year deal with Yankees

There's just no pleasing you haters is there?  If the Yankees pay a ton of money to a player, you cry unfair because the Yankees make more money than any other team.  Yet, when the Yankees try to reduce the spending you haters call them Scrooge!  Sheesh!  Make up your minds!

Since: Apr 21, 2008
Posted on: December 3, 2010 10:14 am

Rivera to sign 2-year deal with Yankees

I am neither a Yankee fan, nor a Yankee hater, but these are 3 opinions I have right now:
1. You can NEVER call a team "penny-pinchers" when they are giving $15 million a year in contracts to players past their prime (although, I think Rivera is a FREAK and has never left his prime).
2. Jeter might be classy and a great leader, but he's out of line on this. I respect the hell out of the man, but even he has to realise that he is on the downside of his career.
3. Rivera should be a First ballot Hall of Famer, and should challenge the record for highest vote percentage (he won't get 100%, but I see no reason for him not to be close to 98%). His signing might be more important to the TEAM than getting Jeter back.

Since: Apr 21, 2008
Posted on: December 3, 2010 10:07 am

Rivera to sign 2-year deal with Yankees

Thank you for pointing out how much home grown talent the Yanks have had. I'm from Chicago, so I have neither love nor hate for the Yanks, but I have always respected that their core has been home grown,,,,Hughes and Gardner look like the next wave (although I'm not positive on Gardner being home grown.... a litle help, please)..........both my teams try to spend money, usually with horrible (Fukedome, Mel Rojas, Peavy via trade) or middling (Soriano, Tehan) results....... 

Since: Sep 5, 2008
Posted on: December 3, 2010 9:01 am

Rivera to sign 2-year deal with Yankees

So he had a 3 year $45mil contract and he is getting ready to sign a 2 year $30mil contract, hhhmmmmmmmm they both come out to $15 mil per year.  Geee, he had a good year and signs for the same money, Jeter had a terrible year and is asking for a raise.  And Jet3er is the face of the Yankees.  No way, if he's that face then Rivera is the heart, soul, and mind.  The media never heard a word about htis contract, and all we've heard for the past two weeks is about Jeter's unrealistic demands.  Jeter an icon, NO, Jeter an idiot!

Since: Nov 14, 2006
Posted on: December 3, 2010 8:21 am

Rivera to sign 2-year deal with Yankees

To Mr Double Down,

I guess you seem to forget the IDIOT Red Sawx fans that were Booing Ortiz and calling for him to be cut or traded... You say 2004 changed your life, which in itself is one of the most idiotic statements and at the same time laugh out loud funniest I've ever read, but if that's true Ortiz was THE REASON why Boston won in 2004, without those 2 game winning hits in games 4 and 5 there are no Championships... So look in your own backyard before you go criticizing other peoples yards. Kapece

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