Could Mo seek a two-year deal?

Past Trade Review: Jay Witasick
What Went Wrong: The Cliff Lee Non-Trade

How long can Rivera keep pitching? After the Yankees won the 2009 World Series, a jovial Mo said he would do this for five more years if he could. But during the season Mo was a bit more subdued about his future. One year at a time, he said. From a recent New York Post report, it sounds like he’s now thinking somewhere in the middle; “…there is talk within the organization that the future Hall of Fame closer wants a two-year deal.” Joel Sherman and George King call this a “minor hurdle,” but I’m not sure it would be much of a hurdle at all. The Yanks want Rivera to pitch for them as long as he’s physically capable, and it appears he wants the same.

The article also brings up an interesting point. For a few days now we’ve heard that the Yankees and Girardi are close to a deal. There is a chance that the deal has been finalized, but because of the World Series the team has not announced it. Don’t be surprised if we hear something on Friday, the first off-day.

Past Trade Review: Jay Witasick
What Went Wrong: The Cliff Lee Non-Trade
  • CBean

    I’m already crying at the thought of Mo retiring.

  • larryf

    2 years is perfect. Try to teach the cutter to all and have the younger pitchers absorb the calm, professional demeanor of Mo. Let’s get his replacement working the eighth effectively before Mo retires.

    • Thomas

      Try to teach the cutter to all and have the younger pitchers absorb the calm, professional demeanor of Mo.

      I have a feeling this would have happened by now if it was going to happen at all. Either Rivera doesn’t want to teach other his pitch/demeanor or he can’t (more likely).

      • ChrisS

        Mo has, historically, been willing to teach his grip to anyone who wanted to learn (Doc Halladay during the All-Star game springs to mind). Unfortunately, throwing that pitch effectively is something that requires something that can’t be taught (either a physical talent, an incredibly consistent delivery, an almost imperceptible change in finger pressure, or a combination).

        Mo is unique and it’s going to suck when he finally hangs it up.

        • Thomas

          Exactly, that image of Halladay was my reason why I thought it was likely that he can’t really teach it to other even if he is willing.

  • rek4gehrig

    I’d better renew my season tickets now.

    • Mike HC

      Why? So you can watch Girardi rest Mo all year, just so he could rest him even more in the playoffs.

      I like Girardi. Just letting off some steam.

    • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      But what if we sign Randy Winn?

      What then, hmmm?

      • J.R.

        I’m glad Randy Winn didn’t make the playoffs again this year. Keep the streak alive!

  • Nostra damn us

    If Mo wants 2, Mo gets 2. Anybody thinking next pitching coach? Nah, mebbe not, he ain’t got but one pitch!

    • CP

      Wasn’t there talk at one point that he can throw a knuckleball?

      • Dave

        The Core 4 article from SI after last year’s WS said Pettite through a knuckleball when he first joined the Yankee organization…he should bring it back to save his groin/knee/back/etc.!

      • J.R.

        He also tinkers with a changeup every once in a while in spring training.

  • Mike HC

    Well, I’m sure the Yanks preferred the one year deals, but I highly doubt Mo asking for two is going to be a deal breaker, ha.

    • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      Mo: Are you ready to discuss the contract?
      [Cashman hands Mariano a blank piece of paper]
      Cashman: Just fill in whatever you want to, and we’ll see you in February, sir.

      … aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand, SCENE!

      • mike c


  • Danny T

    1 year with player options for 2012 & 2013 at 12/14 million per

    • AndrewYF

      Don’t kid yourself, he’s getting $15M+ per year. Why should he get a pay cut?

      • Danny T

        i was just throwing numbers out there. i dont care if he wants 20 million he should be back.

    • dan genovese

      not a chance….2 year 36 milion………!

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  • dan genovese

    sign him for 10 years and make certain he plays all 10


    One of these years he’s going to start showing his age and Yankee fans will get tired of him blowing a save every 4 chances.

    • Kit

      You’re confusing Mo’s skills for Papelbon’s. Big mistake there.

  • Yank the Frank

    Whatever Mo wants, Mo gets.