Rivera negotiations going swimmingly

Derek Jeter could be making $25 million per season right now
Arbitration Case: Phil Hughes

While the Yankees want Derek Jeter to “drink the reality potion,” the team’s negotiations with Mariano Rivera are going great, ESPN New York’s Andrew Marchand reports. While Rivera is searching for a raise from the $15 million he made last year, Marchand says the Yanks “view his demands as much more reasonable than Jeter’s.” Rivera, who has been working to keep his negotiations under the table, will probably get either $16 or $17 million a year, and the two sides have to decide on length. Rivera, who today turns 41, is reportedly seeking two years while the Yanks would prefer a one-year deal, and Marchand suggests a contract with a vested option to “bridge the gap.”

Derek Jeter could be making $25 million per season right now
Arbitration Case: Phil Hughes
  • bonestock94

    I wouldn’t mind if they gave him 2/36.

  • Regis

    Gotta go to Mo!

  • Monteroisdinero

    God was born the day after Jesus? Amazing. Mo will stay and keep selling those 42 oz steaks at his restaurant.

  • Monteroisdinero

    A 41 year old pitcher throws to a 21 year old catcher. Yankees Win!

  • Jimmy McNulty

    Yeah, once he gets signed hopefully that’ll get Jeter back faster.

    • dirk

      I hope Jeter leaves, he’s a mercenary like the others, when you get down to it now. So much for all about winning.

      Mo should get a raise, or he will have offers, beantown is already licking its chops, at the possibility of a Bard, Papelbon, Mariano bullpen.

      • The Three Amigos

        Yes, because Boston seems like a team willing to pay their bullpen north of 30 million for next year!

      • RL

        he’s a mercenary like the others

        So, if you’re not happy with the salary your company is offering you to do your job because you feel you’ve done so much for them in the past, you’ve negotiated hard based on your past performance to get the BEST DEAL POSSIBLE for your future AND you have the financial stability to take a lower-paying job and decide to do so, this makes you a BAD person? If they offer you a ton of money to stay (more than you are worth), this makes you a BAD person??

        I don’t get your thinking.

        • Kiko Jones

          I think comparing the average worker to an athlete is a non-starter, in that there is no real reason for anyone to think a veteran employee will not be equally as productive in the next few years. Whereas it is quite likely a 37 year old SS will start declining in production soon enough.

          • RL

            However, the negotiation tactics are similar. You want the most, the employer wants the cheapest to accomplish what is necessary. The Yankees feel Jeter represents what they need. We’re all (average workers & elite athletes) mercenaries or whores, selling what we have to the highest bidder. The highest bidder represents our value.

  • vin

    I wouldn’t even mind 2/34 for Rivera. He is so durable and consistent. He’s still so good that even if he tails off considerably, he’ll be an average closer.

    Also, Girardi seems to have a good understanding of how to use Mo. He’s thrown fewer innings the last two years than he has in nearly any other year of his career… yet he’s still routinely available to close games out. I love how Girardi brings him into a tie game on the road in either the 9th or 10th. Certainly beats warming him up numerous times just to have a lesser pitcher give up the game winner (/still bitter’d).

    • whozat

      it’s not so much tailing off that I’m worried about. it’s career ending injury :-/ Age catches up with everyone, even the very best. I’m more concerned about paying for him to spend 2012 rehabbing and trying to return from an injury suffered in 2011 than anything else.

      • Doug

        and this is why he probably won’t get 2 years guaranteed. likely some type of vesting option as the article suggests

      • vin

        That’s obviously a concern with any player, especially guys who are older. But if Benoit can get a 3 year deal with his injury history (even at a younger age), then giving Mo a 2 year contract is not unreasonable.

  • andypettitteisastartingpitcher

    Sign him today. Happy Birthday Mo!

  • All Star Carl

    Atta boy Mo :)

  • saucY

    give him a 3rd year, as a birthday present!

    • whozat


  • Matt :: Sec105

    The title of this article should read “Leverage 101”.

  • I am not the droids you’re looking for

    Thank Mo!

    I know much of the Jeter stuff is dismissed by some around here as “all part of the negotiation process” but isn’t the difference in approach here noteworthy? Working to keep his negotiation under the table? Again – thank you Mo!

    • Hughesus Christo

      Yeah, someone should ask the Yankees about that. Yet another “Yankee employee” quoted all over again today.

  • TONY from seattle

    yo steinbrenners, sign mo asap ditch jeter his days r past him, arod is bad enough right now, the yanks r better off without jeter.go after cliff lee hard let andy go and start nova.

    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

      let andy go and start nova.

      I don’t mean this in an unfriendly way but (punches you in the face)

      Anyway, yay for Mo. And happy birthday. :D

      • I am not the droids you’re looking for

        You beat me to the uhhhh….punch. Thanks.

    • Clay Bellinger

      stay in Seattle.

    • FIPster Doofus

      yo steinbrenners, sign mo, jeter and lee, and then go watch you richard simmons dvd.

      • I Voted for Kodos

        Damn I wasn’t even close.

        Too many ramps in my school I suppose.

    • I Voted for Kodos

      go watch your richard simmons dvd

  • Teh Comp Pick

    This guy should be the capt’n, #2 aint bein a team first guy right now.

  • Reggie C.

    Marchand must be some kind of Big Law mgmt-employee specialst slumming at ESPN. That was a friggin’ brilliant idea.


  • rek4gehrig

    Now, why am I not surprised? Happy birthday Mo.

  • SodaPopinski

    Mariano Rivera is good.

    • Vinny

      Mariano Rivera is good God.

      Fixed that for you.

    • http://danielslifka.wordpress.com Jerome S

      Wille Nelson does pot.

  • vic

    I could see Jeter going ballistic over a 41 yr old Mariano making more than him going forward. Wait for the fireworks, get out the popcorn, fasten your seatbelts, it’s going to be a bumpy ride..

    • Monteroisdinero


  • http://twitter.com/kschmidt2 Kiersten

    Even if Mariano declines with age, he’ll still be one of the best in the game. Give him what he wants.

  • Alan

    1 year/16 million with a vested option for 18 million if he makes 50 appearances. Mo gets his pay raise, and the Yankees get their piece of mind in the unlikely event that Mo shows his age.

  • steve (different one)

    Mariano: true yankee

  • Kiko Jones

    A happy 41 to no. 42.