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Meanwhile, the Mariano Rivera negotiations go smoothly

Nov 29, 2010, 2:00 PM EDT

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

In contrast to the Derek Jeter fiasco, Mariano Rivera’s negotiations with the Yankees are reported to be going smoothly.  “Night and day,” a source tells ESPN New York’s Andrew Marchand. Rivera is expected to get $16 or $17 million a year. He wants two years, but it could be done with one year and a vesting option.

My guess: if Jeter said he’d take three years or less, his negotiation would be over rather quickly. The killer in all of this, I think, is the time commitment. On a one or two year deal, the Yankees can work around Mariano Rivera if he craters. If Jeter craters while on a four year deal, there will be nowhere to hide him that long and the team will end up having to DFA their most important player in the past 20 years.

  1. Utley's Hair - Nov 29, 2010 at 2:20 PM

    Rivera’s agent is speaking softly and carrying a big broken bat into the negotiations.

    • Jonny 5 - Nov 29, 2010 at 2:33 PM

      Ha!!! Big broken bat. That’s good, since he’s a bat breaking FOOL! I love this guy. Why do I love Rivera and can’t stand Jeter? I confuse myself once again….

      • mcsnide - Nov 29, 2010 at 2:39 PM

        Because Jeter and his hangers-on talk about being classy and Mo IS classy. Hell, I like Rivera, and I’m a Red Sox fan.

  2. uyf1950 - Nov 29, 2010 at 2:33 PM

    I’m glad to hear the Rivera negotiations are coming along. In my view he is a more important piece to the Yankee’s success at this stage then Jeter. That plus the fact Mo had a very good year last year and isn’t negotiating from a point of weakness. Good luck Mo, I hope you get at or close to what you are looking for.

  3. Jonny 5 - Nov 29, 2010 at 2:34 PM

    As usual, Rivera will close the deal.

  4. mcsnide - Nov 29, 2010 at 2:37 PM

    Key quote from the article:

    Rivera has purposely tried to keep negotiations as quiet as possible. He and his agent, Fern Cuza, believe that is the best way to get a deal done.

    Once again, Rivera conducts himself with dignity and class. And also lives in the real world, not the Derek Jeter dream world.

    • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Nov 29, 2010 at 2:50 PM

      It really does speak volumes when you consistently never hear a word about Rivera’s contract negotiations, even after 15 years on the team.
      That’s remarkably rare, and it wins over the fans because few of us like this tug-o-war crap otherwise.

    • Utley's Hair - Nov 29, 2010 at 2:52 PM

      A bit in Jeter’s defense, he has apparently schtupped Minka Kelly. How’s THAT for a dream world?

      • Jonny 5 - Nov 29, 2010 at 3:43 PM

        Well now that explains it. I’d think I was worth 200 million dollars as well…..

    • pisano - Nov 29, 2010 at 4:53 PM

      mcsnide, you said it all, A class act and a guy that’s respectful of the other side of the bargaining table, unlike Jeter. If you could possibly pick one man( we all know you can’t, being a team sport) that is responsible for the success since 1996 it would be Rivera.Think of all the wins he’s saved, the man is incredible. Jeter could learn from Rivera.

      • josephdelgrippo - Nov 29, 2010 at 6:02 PM

        Jeter has been way more important to the Yankees five WS titles than Rivera has. You can’t even compare a full time positional player of Jeter’s caliber over a 60-70 inning pitcher.

        Closers are vastly overrated, even the best of the best.

      • mcsnide - Nov 29, 2010 at 8:11 PM


        Couldn’t agree more in terms of total WAR. There’s no question that Jeter has been the more valuable player over his career. That said, Rivera has consistently outperformed his contract, while Jeter has been overpayed nearly every year. Further, Rivera has always come across as a team guy, while Jeter has occasionally come across as petty, especially where A-Rod is concerned. And I think that’s why Rivera gets fan support that Jeter doesn’t.

  5. josephdelgrippo - Nov 29, 2010 at 6:00 PM

    If Jeter “craters” after two years on a four year deal and is benched, don’t you think he would retire rather than collect big checks?

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