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Mariano Rivera would take a one year deal

Jun 21, 2010, 5:45 PM EDT

One of the Yankees' big free agents seems like he'll be easy to retain.

There is some moderate consternation among Yankees fans about what the Yankees will do with Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera and Joe Girardi this offseason, seeing as all three of them will no longer be under contract once the year ends.  Sure, everyone knows that all three will almost certainly be back, but the details are a bit fuzzy and, given the ages of Rivera and Jeter, the negotiations could be kind of delicate. It’s not really a question of “if” they’ll come back but “how.”

The “how” for at least one of those guys is clearing up, however, as Mariano Rivera told Joel Sherman of the New York Post recently that he would accept an Andy Pettitte-style one-year deal to come back.  You figure that he’d take a series of them, actually, with the Yankees continuing to offer them for as long as Rivera remains effective. Which, at present, seems will be forever.

Probably good news for Yankees fans. Everyone knows that Jeter will get a big deal that, at the end of the day, will probably be for too much money. No one really cares about that actually.  Rivera was probably a source of slightly greater concern inasmuch as it was within the realm of the possible that he’d demand multiple years and the Yankees would balk, at least initially.

As of now, that seems to be a moot point.

  1. YankeesfanLen - Jun 21, 2010 at 6:06 PM

    This is kind of how the Yankees handle things now, isn’t it. Only nice little leaks to the press, players not wanting to leave and management not doing any cheapskate manuevers. That little messiness with Andy a couple of years ago is forgotten, he’ll be back as well, and there will be nary a peep and Jeter will be taken care of for too much money.
    Makes you wonder in retrospect what Johnnywho was thinking.

  2. Jonny5 - Jun 22, 2010 at 8:20 AM

    I take it his manager isn’t Scotty Borass????

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