Rivera holds out for fourth year; Yanks take heat over offer

Did the Yanks really get a $275-million deal?
Another reason to love Hank Steinbrenner

The headline says it all. Mark Feinsand adds some details:

According to sources, the All-Star closer is now demanding a fourth year from the Yankees, who have already extended a three-year, $45 million offer to Rivera that would make him by far the highest-paid closer in baseball.

The $45 million offer drew criticism from Major League Baseball executives in charge of monitoring salaries and payrolls, as sources said that Yankee executives Hal Steinbrenner and Randy Levine were admonished during yesterday’s owners’ meetings in Florida for drastically upping the market for relievers. That criticism figures to be further incentive for the Yankees to stand firmly behind the three-year offer, and it could dissuade other teams from topping it – something that was unlikely to take place anyway.

That last line: We’ve said that here, here and here. Maybe it’s time for the Yanks to reach out to Francisco Cordero’s agent, if only for the sake of calling Rivera’s bluff.

Did the Yanks really get a $275-million deal?
Another reason to love Hank Steinbrenner
  • Tripp

    4 years 48 million to Cordero and Rivera will sign immediately.

    That’s all it will take.

  • RJ-CT.

    Enough of this bullshit Mo! Resign already! This has gone on long enough.
    The offer easily makes you the highest paid closer in the game, as you should be. But a 4th year? Let’s be serious. Yes, you’ve already surpassed all expectations in how far you’ve lasted at a pretty dominant level, but to last until 42? That’s asking a bit much. Come back, let’s add a ring or 2 to your incredible Hall of Fame resume and put this behind us. Plus, we have Girardi managing now and you won’t be asked to pull out a 2 inning save in April, now that Torre is gone.
    So sign here and we’ll see you in February.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Francisco Cordero? In the name of all that is holy nooooooooooo!!!

    Go check out his game logs – you’ll see that he pitched on May 4th. Then May 5th. Then May 6th. Then May 7th. Then May 8th. Then May 9th. Then he was never the same after that.

    Four-yr, hell, even a 3-yr deal for a reliever is nuts. The position is so volatile. Just throw a bunch of no-name strike throwers out there with good stuff and see who sticks. Mo’s pushing the envelope.

  • NYFan50

    I wonder what the market for Linebrink, Wood and Dotel are. It’s going to take more than a Rivera signing to lock down the pen, even if the Yankees do have some good young arms that could start the year in the pen.

  • http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendid=56352514 Jamal G

    LMAO at MMD saying that if Rivera wants the fourth year, the Yanks have to give it to him.

    Rivera is an idol in my home country Panama and even my father who’s a Yankee fan basically because of Mariano Rivera (as are a lot of Panamanians) is even questioning what he’s doing right now.

    Honestly MO, do you really want to pitch in Philly or Chi-Town?

  • brxbmrs

    Mo’s my favorite player of all time – been a fan over 30 years.

    I don’t think he’s gonna be that great in 09, much less 10.

    I was thinking 4/48 as well – but I gotta say, I almost hope he goes somewhere else – I don’t think he’s worth more than 2/30 and he’s being a dick.

    We had no viable option for Jorge and he’s 2 years younger.

    Just internally we have Joba, Veras, Ohlendorf, Sanchez – and personally although I think our best option for a staff Ace is Joba, I’m not sure he’s going to be nearly as effective as a starter – so I’d rather use that 45 mil to pay A-Rod.

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  • Bill Porter

    Mike A: closer by committee? In the name of all that is holy nooooooooooo!!! Cordero ain’t the answer but let’s not crawl out on the ledge yet. Mo will sniff the wind and see what’s up soon enough; he’ll be back.

  • marc

    Mo is my favorite ball player. I think what he does with essentially one pitch is borderline amazing but he’s just pissing me off now. Hey Mo, figure your shit out or leave. During the regular season he is very replaceable and during the postseason lately he hasnt even been an issue. so for 4 and 52. id roll the dice someone else. or id screw bothering for santana and just try for nathan. then give him 3 and 40 and watch him not complain.

  • Kevin23

    Sign Lohse for $5-7M for a season or two, keep Joba in at closer/long closer. You could always trade for a Huston Street type player mid-season if you desperately needed Joba in the starting rotation.

    There are short-term options galore here. The worst thing you could do is spend boat loads of money in long term deals to solve a short term “problem”.

    • http://www.sportsmusings.wordpress.com JCP

      Lohse will get more than that, ala Adam Eaton

  • barry

    Cordero might be smart to have in any case, he’s younger than MO and probably more reliable for a couple of reasons.

  • The Scout

    If the owners ganged up on the Yankee management, they may well have crossed the line into collusion. I would expect the union to take an active interest if Rivera doesn’t get a four-year offer. All of which is unfortunate because no other team would likely have made a four-year offer anyway.

    • NYFan50

      You can hardly cry collusion when the offer on the table is a 3 year deal with an annual salary 40% higher than the next best paid reliever.

  • http://www.sportsmusings.wordpress.com JCP

    Cordero is 32 years old…. You really want to lock him in for 3-4 years at that kind of money at a position with that kind of volatility?

  • barry

    Mariano is 38 years old… You really want to lock him in for 3-4 years at that kind of money at a position with that kind of volatility?

  • http://RiverAve.Blues Joseph M

    Actually to me the 3rd year is kind of a golden parachute justified by the fact that Mo has done so much for the Yankees. The closer position is by definition do or die. In Mo’s case, if he were no longer effective as a closer what do you do with him? Start him (can’t give you the inninnings) , middle inning rellief (at 15 million a year!) , set up man (if he can no longer close could he possibily be effective in the set up role). $45 million is too much, the Yankees can’t go any higher, the Yankees should tell him if he gets a better offer, take it.

  • barry

    Exactly, everyone wants MO no matter what but two years from now when hes wasting roster spots everyone will say he’s a bum, he ought to settle for two years and leave on a good note.