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Yankees reach two-year, $30 million agreement with Rivera

Dec 2, 2010, 11:24 PM EDT

rivera in delivery

Well, the Yankees have wrapped up negotiations with one of their veteran free agents.

Red Christian of the New York Daily News reports that closer Mariano Rivera has agreed to terms on a two-year contract worth $30 million and that the agreement will be finalized on Friday.

Rivera’s talks went smoothly because he wasn’t asking for an unreasonable amount of money (cough, Jeter) or years (cough, Jeter) and because he’s actually still an effective player.

The 41-year-old Mo posted a fantastic 1.80 ERA and 0.83 WHIP along with 33 saves in 38 opportunities this year for New York.  He was apparently offered a three-year deal worth around $17 million annually from another club, but he turned that down in order to end his career where it started.

Rivera remains one of the most dominant relievers in all of baseball.

  1. pisano - Dec 2, 2010 at 11:52 PM

    Good for Mo,a class guy and sensible too. Unlike Jeter he asked for a contract that works for him and the Yankees. If the Yankees had their choice they would have only given him one year, but they feel he’ll make the end of the contract. I know I’ll get some feedback on this, but I was hoping they would have signed Soriano for the future and had him set-up until Mo retired, but that would have been costly and maybe Soriano wouldn’t have gone for it.

    • uyf1950 - Dec 3, 2010 at 5:15 AM

      To pisano – Win, win for both sides. Your Soriano comment would have been ideal, but like you implied not realistic from a cost standpoint. Anyway I’m glad Mo is back in the fold. Now if Pettitte comes back that would be nice. I’d love to see the Yankees resign Kerry Wood.

      • pisano - Dec 3, 2010 at 8:32 AM

        To uyf1950- As usual your right on. I think Pettitte will also be back,and Kerry Wood is a good set-up man for Mo. Hopefully he’ll work with the Yankees to come back, but it will probably depends on the other offers he gets.

  2. zidanevalor - Dec 2, 2010 at 11:54 PM

    So Much Win.

  3. Kevin S. - Dec 3, 2010 at 8:33 AM

    I’ve been on board with the Jeter bashing for his outlandish demands these past couple weeks, but let’s not go overboard. While Jeter didn’t play like an all-star last year, it’s ludicrous to say he’s not still an effective player. He is. He just had the worst season of his career, and he was still league-average, and one of the better shortstops in the AL. Not worth what the Yankees are offering and certainly not worth what he’s demanding, but effective nonetheless.

  4. yankees1996 - Dec 3, 2010 at 10:11 AM

    O.k., this is good! Now we need Andy to return for one more year and while we are at it if possible it wouldn’t be a bad idea to try to resign Kerry Wood.

  5. henryd3rd - Dec 3, 2010 at 11:28 AM

    Was there ever any doubt about Mariano returning? He stated last year he wanted to retire as a Yankee. Plus; could anyone foresee him pitching for the Sox? If I were Kerry Woods I’d jump at the chance to return to the Yanks and set up for Mo.

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