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Mariano Rivera wants a two-year deal

Nov 19, 2010, 3:36 PM EST

Rivera delivers a pitch against the Orioles in the ninth inning of their MLB American League baseball game in Baltimore

The Yankees are busy with Derek Jeter and Cliff Lee, but after that’s all said and done, Mariano Rivera will be tops on their priority list.  Jon Heyman reports today that, when they do get to him, they’ll find that he wants a two-year deal, not a one-year deal.

This should not be a problem. I think you pretty much give Mariano Rivera whatever he wants. At least within reason.  He earned 2011 by continuing to be awesome in 2010.  While, sure, he might fall off a cliff eventually, who has a greater right to ask for an extra year than Mariano Rivera?  He’s carried them for 15 years. They can carry him for one if, for some reason, next season is his last effective one.

In other news, Heyman says that “Rivera has told friends” of his desire for two-years.  I’m trying to picture what Mariano Rivera’s “friends” are like.  I can see anything from normal guys, to cyborgs, to supermodels to the nerdiest people who ever existed.  Could be anyone, really. Unless I’m missing a big expose that’s been written, we probably know less about Mariano Rivera than we know about any all-time elite athlete in history.

Personally, I’m going with cyborgs.

  1. BC - Nov 19, 2010 at 3:38 PM

    That’s a slam dunk. Give him the two years.

    • uyf1950 - Nov 19, 2010 at 3:41 PM

      You got that right. That’s a no brainer.

  2. Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Nov 19, 2010 at 3:39 PM

    I refuse to read the text of this post b/c the answer to the headline is obvious, give him whatever he wants.

  3. Jonny 5 - Nov 19, 2010 at 3:52 PM

    Yup that just about sums it all up very well. I’d just keep feeding him 15 million per until he finally breaks his arm off. His ERA has been below 2 since 2003 besides one season. 2 years of mo is hardly a worry even at his age. He just doesn’t show signs of decline yet imo, his numbers are pristine.

    And Craig, Mo hangs with the band at the Mos Eisley Cantina most of the time….

    • Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Nov 19, 2010 at 3:59 PM

      Dude, I saw Mo at the Cantina last week. He had just come from murdering some womp rats with baseballs over in Beggar’s Canyon and had decided to come to Mos Eisley and toss back a few blue milks. I was like “hey Mo, what brings ya to Mos Eisley?” All he said was “put em up and I’ll knock ‘em down” and then he pounded his milk. Apparently satisfied with his answer and the milk, he then walked over and bear-hugged Nick Swisher who was wasted and harassing the alien chick with the six boobs. Stand up guy, that Mo.

      • Jonny 5 - Nov 19, 2010 at 4:18 PM

        Word has it he struck out Luke Skywalker on a bet. Luke couldn’t cut even one of his pitches in half with his lightsaber. Yoda made him do extra upside down yoda lifts for that one. Mo got to take Luke’s hot sister out on a “date”, the rumor attached to this says Mo chained her to a hutt when he was finished with her.

      • Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Nov 19, 2010 at 4:44 PM

        Damn, you’d think Luke could tell him “these aren’t the pitches you’re looking for” and make Mo throw a slow one down the middle or something. I guess the dark side is really strong in Mo being a leader of the Evil Empire and all…

  4. sdelmonte - Nov 19, 2010 at 4:03 PM

    A risk, but not any bigger than any other two year deal for a reliever. How many closers suddenly become ineffective much younger?

    I think he’s friends with a secret society of ageless wonders, guys like Nolan Ryan and Jack Nicklaus and Bernadette Peters. They just voted to kick Brett Favre out of the club.

    • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Nov 19, 2010 at 5:16 PM

      Don’t forget the Niekro’s, man.

  5. jfk69 - Nov 19, 2010 at 4:10 PM

    NO SERVICE CONTRACT LIKE THE GREEN EYED JETER
    DEREK …DID YOU SIGN YOUR THREE YEAR OVERPAID DEAL
    LET ME GET BACK TO YOU

    YOU GOT IT MO
    DONE
    THAT WAS EASY
    OH DEREK ..THAT SAME AMOUNT OF MONEY WE JUST OFFERED OVER THREE YEARS….IT IS NOW OVER FOUR YEARS
    GET BACK TO US

  6. aarcraft - Nov 19, 2010 at 4:21 PM

    From now on, I will choose to picture Mariano Rivera hanging out with a group of his closest friends, consisting of a perfectly normal guy, a cyborg, a supermodel and a total nerd. As a matter of fact, if they turn that into a TV show, I would watch every week.

    • yankeesfanlen - Nov 19, 2010 at 4:33 PM

      Sounds like “The Big Bang Theory” to me.

      • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Nov 19, 2010 at 5:17 PM

        Which Big Banger’s a cyborg?

  7. Jason @ IIATMS - Nov 19, 2010 at 4:27 PM

    Mo does not hang out. He simply elevates and levitates and his aura glows a brilliant hue of yellowish orangish purple. He neither sweats nor eats. Neither sleeps nor worries. He exists only in an etherial sense, far beyond what we, and cyborgs, can only imagine.

    And he throws a badass cutter.

    TWO MO YEARS

  8. bigharold - Nov 19, 2010 at 5:24 PM

    I’d be more amazed if the Yankees didn’t want for two more years. Rivera is still not only one of the top guys in his position he’s still pretty close to his peak. Used properly, he could be looking for another contract for 2013-2014.

    This has to be the most obvious no brainer of the entire off season. I love Jeter but the difference between him and Rivera is that while Jeter would attract some interest as a FA, Rivera would have GMs tripping over themselves trying to sign him. Starting with Gorilla Boy in Boston.

    Somewhere, in an attic or basement, there is a decaying picture of Rivera getting worse by the year.

    • uyf1950 - Nov 19, 2010 at 5:26 PM

      To bigharold – Your analogy to “Dorian Gray” is absolutely incredible.

  9. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Nov 19, 2010 at 5:31 PM

    When he began closing, Leo Nunez was 12.

  10. Adam - Nov 19, 2010 at 10:47 PM

    Even if Rivera fell off a cliff he’d put up better numbers than Papelbon did for Boston this past year.

    And I picture Rivera as the guy who finds the loner in the group and says “Hey, do you want to be awesome?” and gets the guy laid.

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