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Get this: “Mariano Rivera initiated contact with the Red Sox”

Dec 13, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

rivera in delivery

When the Yankees re-signed Mariano Rivera two weeks ago there were numerous reports that the Red Sox made him a multi-year offer worth as much or more than he ended up accepting from New York.

As if that weren’t juicy enough, now Rob Bradford of WEEI.com writes: “According to multiple major league sources, Mariano Rivera’s representatives were the ones to initiate contact with the Red Sox in an attempt to get the team interested in the closer.”

Wow.

Much has been made about how differently Rivera treated his free agency and eventual re-signing with the Yankees than Derek Jeter did, but perhaps it wasn’t so different after all aside from Rivera being able to keep everything (mostly) under wraps.

Jeter and his agent tried to play hardball with the Yankees in a mostly unsuccessful attempt to get them to increase their offer, but at least there were never any reports (accurate or not) of his representatives initiating contact with the Red Sox.

  1. Jason @ IIATMS - Dec 13, 2010 at 10:17 AM

    Awww, it’s his agents initiating contact. Just like the Yanks have been used to drive up prices….

    Nothing to see here.

    • yankeesfanlen - Dec 13, 2010 at 10:22 AM

      I would tend to agree- his agent was on monster.com one morning looking through “Relief pitchers-experienced” and said “Hey, I know a guy who might be perfect for this”. It was probably a company confidential thing so Theo could have a laugh when Papelbon called.

    • uyf1950 - Dec 13, 2010 at 10:28 AM

      Who cares. Rivera wasn’t going anywhere the Yankees were going to sign him. He would have gotten 2 years $15M per regardless. Although Theo had to be salivating to think there was even the slightest chance of signing Rivera.

  2. BC - Dec 13, 2010 at 10:26 AM

    That’s what an agent is supposed to do. Nothing contraversial here.

  3. sdelmonte - Dec 13, 2010 at 10:29 AM

    He was having fun with the Sox. “Hey, maybe I could be a Red Sox…PSYCH!”

  4. Professor Longnose - Dec 13, 2010 at 10:57 AM

    It was very different. Jeter didn’t want to test the market; he wanted the Yankees to pay crazily over market value for him just because. He wound up taking an above-market contract and then grousing about it at the press conference.

    Rivera looked around for what he could find, decided he wanted to be a Yankee, took what may have been an under market value contract, and hasn’t said boo.

    None of that makes much of an on-field difference, and it’s hardly a big moral issue either, but it’s fun for the fans to find out that certain players care for the team in a way a bit like the way the fans care for it.

  5. manute - Dec 13, 2010 at 11:10 AM

    My guess is that this is the Globe carrying water for the team. Abraham – who got the Crawford scoop, most likely from the club – helps the Sox smooth things over with Papelbon, a guy who can be kind of a head case and whom they need to stay focused and perform. It’s kind of a stupid story, and the only purpose it could really serve is to allow the Sox to say to Paps that they love him and were never looking to replace him.

  6. yankees1996 - Dec 13, 2010 at 11:15 AM

    WHO CARES!, Mo was never going to play for anyone but the Yankees and anyone who thinks otherwise needs to consult a medical professional. This is nothing more than pot stirring and psychological warfare.

  7. Jonny 5 - Dec 13, 2010 at 12:01 PM

    Well at least Rivera had other takers for his contract. Jeter had no leverage, besides the Yanks wanting to preserve the integrity of their GG ss…

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