Dec 5, 2010, 9:36 AM EST
Mariano Rivera inked a two-year, $30 million contract last week with the Yankees. It may be the last contract of his career.
Rivera, 41, posted a stellar 1.80 ERA and 0.83 WHIP over 60 innings this past season, fanning 45 batters and walking only 11. He converted 33 of his 38 save chances and did not allow a run in six postseason appearances. Mo could probably pitch well into his mid-40s with that same cut fastball that seems to break every bat it touches, but he apparently won’t.
The closer and Yankees legend told Anthony McCarron of the New York Daily News on Saturday that he’s likely to hang up his cleats when his new deal with the Yankees runs out.
“I wanted two years,” Rivera said. “That will be fine. I think maybe that might be the last two years.”
Rivera boasts a 2.23 career ERA and a 1.00 career WHIP with 559 saves to his name. Closers don’t always have an easy road to the Hall of Fame, but he’s a no-doubter.
- Why is John Smoltz a shoo-in for the Hall of Fame? 0
- Phillies GM told Ryan Howard they’d be better off “not with him but without him” 83
- Trea Turner’s agent is unhappy his client is in limbo after trade to Nationals 47
- Nexen Heroes accept Jung-Ho Kang posting fee from unidentified MLB team 35
- Giants acquire Casey McGehee from the Marlins 16
- The Padres have given their fans something to talk about. Which is badly needed in San Diego. 64
- Justin Upton traded to the Padres for three prospects 79
- Bud Selig will get a $6 million a year pension. Which is obscene. 145
- Bud Selig will get a $6 million a year pension. Which is obscene. (145)
- The United States will seek to normalize relations with Cuba (144)
- Cubs, Red Sox, Dodgers, Padres, Rangers, and Astros interested in Phillies’ Cole Hamels (112)
- Rays, Padres, Nationals agree to 11-player trade (97)
- Chase Headley signs a four-year deal with the Yankees worth at least $52 million. (95)