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Via MLBTR, the Yankees will sign Mariano Rivera to a two year, $30 million contract (according to Christian Red of the Daily News). The deal isn’t official yet, but Red reports that it will be completed by Friday night.

The real interesting part of this is the following passage:

Thursday night, Rivera’s agent Fernando Cuza – who was one of the many guests at Red Sox slugger David Ortiz’s celebrity golf tournament kickoff dinner – had said the Yankees and Rivera’s camp were “a little far apart” on getting a new deal done for Rivera, and that “hopefully we’ll be able to work it out.” But within hours, a deal came together, perhaps expedited because Rivera had recently received a three-year deal and more money (believed to be in the neighborhood of $17 million per year) from another team, according to the source. The source added that Rivera wanted to maintain his ties to the only team he has ever played for, and went with less money and fewer years to continue wearing pinstripes.

The smart money is on Anaheim as the team that offered Rivera three years at $17 million each. Maybe it was serious, maybe it was a ploy to get the Yankees to up their bid. In either case, it didn’t work. Red’s source notes that, “[Rivera] wanted to stay loyal to the Yankees.”

Still, that does seem a bit fishy. To rephrase the above quote, the deal got done because another team offered Mo more money and more years than the Yankees were willing to offer, and Mo chose less money and fewer years. That doesn’t sound quite right. If the Yankees were willing to go 2/34, maybe I could see it. But 3/51 vs. 2/30? That just doesn’t add up. Maybe Mo really is just that loyal to the pinstripes. But before we make that determination, I’d like to hear someone else confirm the story — if for no other reason than my unfamiliarity with Red.

Maybe Mo taking the same average annual value with fewer years has inspired Derek Jeter. Shortly after the Mo news Broke, WFAN’s Sweeny Murti tweeted:

I’m told Yanks/Jeter have made “significant progress,” could have deal before WM begin. Yanks sticking to 3yr deal, possible 4th yr option.

It would be fitting if both Jeter and Mo came back at the same AAV as their previous contracts, but for a shorter term.

Update: Jon Heyman hears that it was the Red Sox who made the three-year offer in question, and that two other teams offered three years. That’s an, uh, interesting twist to the story.

Update 2: Per Heyman again, another team was the Angels. I knew it!

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  • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

    Yay!!! Very, very happy.

  • Anthony Murillo

    *Plays Enter Sandman*

  • max

    that was easy… cough, cough

  • Squishy Jello Person

    #42 will pitch when he is 42 in Yankee pinstripes.

    I have utterly no problems with this.

  • pat

    I thought Cashman was too busy signing retreads, haggling with Casey Close and rappelling down buildings to get this done.

    Preposterous.

  • Doug

    Honestly, would have preferred the 2nd year be a vesting option, but if that was a deal-breaker, no problem making it guaranteed.

  • vin

    Another team offering him 3/51? Very interesting plot line. Not buying it though.

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

      Yeah really. If you’re going to offer that to a closer, offer it to Soriano.

      • http://twitter.com/SteveH_MandAura Steve H

        Offer Soriano 3/$40 and spend the $11 elsewhere. He could get more than that, but not much more I wouldn’t think.

      • All Star Carl

        Mo > Soriano?

        Soriano is still on the market, might as well try for Mo first right?

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

          Meh, right now, it’s probably Mo > Soriano (or possibly Mo = Soriano).

          Come 2013, would it still be that way? Perhaps not.

          • king of fruitless hypotheticals

            Tommie if gambling is legal in both our states over the intertubes i’ll be you a dollar (US this time) that Mo is better than Soriano in 13.

          • MikeD

            One year does not a legend make. Mo is better than all.

      • Chris

        Soriano’s not a spring chicken (he’ll be 31 next year), and hasn’t shown the consistency that Mo has. If you’re paying a reliever make sure it’s one that’s likely to maintain his performance. Even with Mo’s age, I’d have more confidence that he’ll be a top reliever over the next couple of years.

      • ZZ

        Why would you rather offer it to the inferior player, with much less of a track record, and much more injury history?

        If you are going to go big or go home with one reliever it has to be Mo.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

          Because that “inferior” player is currently performing at virtually identical levels as the “superior” player, and that inferior player is a full decade younger and further from his projected decline phase, and he’s probably cheaper to boot?

          For 2011, I agree, if you’re going big on a reliever, it’s Mo. For 2013, I might prefer having then 33 year old Rafael Soriano over then 43 year old Mariano Rivera.

          • ZZ

            He has currently performed at identical levels for one year. He was very good in 2009, but he has only performed at Mo-like levels in 2010.

            How about he does it for more than one year before start comparing his level of performance?

            With the volatility of relievers, Soriano’s injury history, and Mo’s unmatched consistency + track record, Mo for 3 years hands down.

            • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

              I get your argument, but while you’re dubious about Soriano keeping up his current performance level for three more years, you have to at least acknowledge the dubious assumption that Mo can remain Mo-like for his age 41, 42, and 43 seasons. That’s a tall order, even for a god amongst men.

              • ZZ

                Yeah, they both carry risk.

                But if I am going to offer 3/51 to one of them it’s gotta be Mo.

                • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

                  Fair enough.

                  What if you have to offer 3/51 to Mo, but only need to offer 3/40 to Soriano? Which deal do you pick now?

                  • ZZ

                    Hmmm. As long as it did not interfere with getting Cliff Lee I think I would go with Mo at 3/51.

          • Kyle Litke

            I totally get your argument. But with Mo, well…how’s that projected decline phase going for him?

            I mean, obviously, he can’t do it forever. But at 38 he put up arguably his best season ever (best WHIP, second best strikeout rate after 1996, insanely unheard of strikeout to walk rate, second best ERA and close to best). At 39 he was just as good as he ever was. At 40 his strikeout rate did go down, but everything else was right in line with what he’s always done, and anyway, it’s not the first time he’s had a strikeout rate that low.

            Under normal circumstances, I’d agree 100% and I can also see where 2013 might be starting to push it, but man. Mo pretty much got better at the age he was supposed to be getting worse. At the age of 36 he dropped his walk rate dramatically and it never went back up. At 37 he raised his strikeout rate to consistently over 9 for 3 straight years til it went back down this year. So far the usual decline just doesn’t really seem to effect him.

      • emac2

        What???

        Mo’s is not only better but you weaken the AL favorite.

        That’s before you get into the medical issues.

      • steve (different one)

        Soriano costs your first round pick, Mariano doesn’t. Also, signing Mariano takes him FROM the yankees. There are plenty of good reasons to do this.

    • candyforstalin

      i’d say there’s a 10% chance that happened.

  • Chris

    I’m confused. Why would getting an offer of 3/$51M expedite him signing with the Yankees for 2/$30M?

    • jim p

      Does he feel he needs the millions? How many has he made already?

      I could see he doesn’t feel needy for money, he gets an offer, he says “Heck! (he doesn’t swear) I want to play in New York, we’ve got our lives settled here for the baseball season… Why mess around any more?”

    • Sayid J.

      Maybe the Yankees were offering 2/24 and then upped their offer to something Mo wanted once they heard other teams were getting serious.

    • http://twitter.com/dpatrickg Dirty Pena

      Maybe the Red Sox were only offering it through tonight (with the chance to then cut Papelbon loose.)

    • steve (different one)

      My guess: the dollars weren’t as important as the 2nd year guaranteed. The yanks prob weren’t willing to guarantee it until he had 3 other offers for 3 years. They guaranteed it, he signed.

  • JerseyDutch

    The pieces are falling into place. World domination is within grasp. Mwa-ha-ha!

  • http://www.twitter.com/ngoral Jake LaMotta’s Left Hook

    Plus/Minus 3 days before the mystery team is leaked?

    • JDDZip

      if its the rangers do we declare baseball war on them?

      • http://www.twitter.com/tomzig Tom Zig

        We’ll destroy them by signing Cliff Lee.

      • vin

        YES.

      • Clint Holzner

        If it was the Rangers we will declare Marshall Law. Mariano Rivera is off limits, I am offended they would even think about it. Groom your own best-closer-of-all-time.

    • Gonzo

      The Carp.

    • radnom

      I have a feeling this is the same ‘mystery team’ as all of Boras’ ‘mystery teams’ so I don’t see it ever getting out. You can’t leak what doesn’t exist.

      • MikeD

        Mystery team still batting zero.zero.zero when signing free agents.

  • ledavidisrael

    Maybe MO got a two year deal with an option and he is just that confident in his abilities?

  • Total Dominication

    Good, now that the Yankees aren’t pre-occupied with Mo, they can focus on Jeter….wait what?

  • http://www.twitter.com/jordansmed JGS

    We all knew it would happen and was only a matter of time. Still, I’m sitting here with a smile on my face that refuses to come off.

    Welcome back, Mo

    • Total Dominication

      You realize he never left, right?

      • http://www.twitter.com/jordansmed JGS

        Sure he did. He was off the 40 man.

        • Klemy

          In many ways, he never left. He’s still serving the same…wait.

  • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

    Holy crap Heyman just said that the 3/$51 team was the Red Sox.

    FUCK NO, THEO, MO LOVES US WAY MORE

    • All Star Carl

      Didn’t they try to steal Andy at one point?

      And Bernie!

      • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

        Yep – their Andy deal was the biggest deal he got offered after 2003.

        I know it’s silly to get all offended but THAT’S OUR MO/ANDY/BERNIE/WHOEVER. YOU CANNOT HAVE. >:(

    • Gonzo

      That is shocking. Very odd. Maybe they were going to non-tender Paps.

      • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

        Don’t think so, think they were just trying to drive up the price for the Yankees. Maybe the Angels’ offer was genuine.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

          Ironically, they might have driven the price DOWN for the Yankees. 2/30 is lower than the 2/34 figure that was floating around recently.

    • Oliver Queen

      Why is it okay for the Yankees to offer more money to free agents, like they undoubtedly will for Cliff Lee, but if another team offers more money to a Yankee free agent you’re all “FUCK NO THEO”?

      • Esteban

        Because it’s Mariano Rivera

      • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

        Because I’m allowed to be vaguely irrational about Mariano Rivera and Andy Pettitte tyvm

      • jim p

        Being a fan is the chance to escape consistency.

        • king of fruitless hypotheticals

          THANK YOU.

          somebody finally said it.

        • jsbrendog (returns)

          suspension of disbelief. irrationality. i thought those were the definitions of being a fan…

      • pat

        Because Mariano Rivera means more to the Yankees than

        CC to Milwaukee
        Tex to LAA
        Burnett to Toronto
        Lee to Texas

        etc etc.

        Should be pretty obvious, no?

  • All Star Carl

    SI_JonHeyman

    #redsox tried to steal rivera with 3-year offer, im hearing. 2 more teams also offered 3. but rivera is close to $30-mil deal with #yankees

    • FIPster Doofus

      Wow.

    • http://www.twitter.com/deanezag Zack

      Aw, hope they didn’t hurt Papelbon’s feelings

      • Clint Holzner

        I hope they did.

  • FIPster Doofus

    My favorite athlete ever :). Hopefully Mo’s dominance continues and this isn’t his last contract.

    • jim p

      Let me remind people that Mo has 4 pitches he hasn’t even broken out in a game yet. Three of them don’t even involve his arm, he wills the ball toward home. He’ll be around for years and years. I take comfort in that.

      • king of fruitless hypotheticals

        …When He grows tired of pitching, he will play centerfield. Wait until he starts stealing bases.

  • Total Dominication

    I know most players really aren’t as morally amazing and loyal as they’re said to be, and generally they just want the money. However, if Rivera really turned down a deal anywhere close to 3 for 50, then he’s even greater than we had ever imagined.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      Or maybe he just knew that his chance of winning more rings here was higher, and he just wants the rings.

      • Total Dominication

        20 mil less than the very competitive Sox?

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

          The same Sox that didn’t sign Tex, just lost VMart, is about to lose Beltre and move 30 year old Kevin Youkilis back up the defensive spectrum, has three injury prone outfielders and won’t be able to trade for Justin Upton, has black holes at shortstop and catcher, and has assloads of money tied up in the declining (or declined) Beckett, Lackey, and Matsuzaka? And who just had most of their blue-chip prospects either stall out or regress this year?

          Yeah… I’ll put my money on the Yanks for the next few years, thanks.

          • http://www.teamnerdrage.com dr mrs the yankee

            They could trade for Upton, they just won’t.

            That said I assume Kalish will make the team and he should be at least pretty good (and hopefully that’s it!).

  • Clint Holzner

    The Great Rivera once again proves his name. Our players actually have loyalty, how loyal was the Red Sox center fielder? They just want to be us. Pathetic, pathetic, pathetic.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joe Pawlikowski

      I mean, it’s not as though Damon was a Red Sox lifer.

      • Clint Holzner

        Absolutely, however he was on the ’04 team (still makes me sick) and that was probably the apex of intensity in the rivalry (in recent memory). He took the money and ran. It is nice to know Rivera did NOT.

      • Oliver Queen

        Wade Boggs.

        • http://www.twitter.com/jordansmed JGS

          Because it gives me an excuse to post this…

          http://bombersbeat.mlblogs.com/horse.jpg

        • http://www.teamnerdrage.com dr mrs the yankee

          The Red Sox thought he was done, did a partial hit job on him and so he left. Same with Clemens. They both left on terrible terms. Different situations, the Yankees weren’t leaking that they thought Mariano was toast and should be grateful etc etc

          • jsbrendog (returns)

            yeah there was no landsdowne smear campaign against mo like there was against clemens and boggs

      • http://www.twitter.com/tomzig Tom Zig

        Depending on how you define “lifer”, there are no red sox lifers.

        Varitek wasn’t drafted by the Sox, and may wind up on another team this season. Pedroia, Youk, and Lester are all in the primes of their career, so they don’t count yet.

        • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

          Varitek… may wind up on another team this season

          Nope, they signed Supercaptain again today.

        • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

          Also, I think Yasnotevenbotheringtotrytospelltherestofhisname was a Red Sox lifer, Tom. =P

          • http://www.twitter.com/tomzig Tom Zig

            I meant among active players. As in drafted by sox, brought up through the system and have spent their entire career their. But I guess super captain counts. Obviously there have been red sox lifers before.

            • http://www.twitter.com/jordansmed JGS

              Youkilis is probably the oldest player on the team that’s true for.

  • radnom

    Wow, I can’t believe this is legit.

    I love when athletes prove the ‘the only single thing any free agent cares about is getting the most money’ crowd wrong.

    • Gonzo

      Before getting on that bandwagon, consider that Mo stands to make a ton more money in endorsements with the Yanks.

      • king of fruitless hypotheticals

        mmm…I bet if he moves to Boston EVERYONE in Beantown wants to give him some money to do anything. Think of what a coupe it would be, its the epitome of marketing.

        /frenchword’d

        • Gonzo

          I have to respectfully disagree. There is way more money for a lifelong NYY legend/icon than otherwise.

          • king of fruitless hypotheticals

            you won with the respectful part :)

            either way, bucketloads of money.

            he’s got…like his own earmark or something. HUGE.

            anybody been to his restaurant?

    • pat

      Believing it’s legit may be your first mistake. There’s a big difference between making a serious contract offer and throwing something out there to try and scare the Yankees into offering too much money or an extra year.

  • http://www.twitter.com/jordansmed JGS

    If Mo has a 3.0 bWAR season, he will pass Dave Stieb, Sandy Koufax, Bret Saberhagen, Red Ruffing, and Whitey Ford on the career bWAR list.

    That would make him the Yankees all-time pitching WAR leader.

    • http://www.twitter.com/tomzig Tom Zig

      If healthy he’ll do that easily.

      • http://www.twitter.com/jordansmed JGS

        For sure.

        Another 3.0 in 2012 would push him past Eckersley, David Cone, and Mordecai Three-Finger Brown

        He’s been 2.9 or higher every single year of his career except 1995 (failed starter), 2002 (injury shortened) and 2007 (terrible April).

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        Especially since he’s got two years to do it in.

  • djh116

    Three teams bid more for Mo then NY? Wow! That’s shocking.

  • Everybody

    Heyman is a moron. More than half of his rumors have no legs. Next he will hear a mystery team offers Jeter a 10 year deal.

    • chriskeo

      Doubt that.

    • http://www.twitter.com/tomzig Tom Zig

      When it comes to breaking news, Heyman (and Sherman) are pretty good at it. Heyman’s fault is when it comes to analysis and objectivity.

    • Kyle Litke

      Heyman said the Red Sox and Angels, and he said 3 teams total, but he wasn’t the one who first said Mo was offered 3 years for more money, that was the Daily News. So if it’s a rumor, Heyman wasn’t the only one to hear it and report it as fact.

  • Reggie C.

    I guess this shows how much faith Theo has in D. Bard. We all knew Mo > Paps & Bard. Now, RS Nation knows it too.

  • Avi

    It’s interesting to note the stark contrast between Mariano’s negotiation and Jeter’s.
    Mariano had much more leverage yet was much easier to resign.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      Conversely, Jeter’s negotiation is taking longer because the team wants to cut his pay, and the team never made an attempt to cut Mariano’s pay. That’s the central factor in the lengthiness of the negotiations. If both sides agreed to maintain Jeter’s 18.9M AAV and they were just haggling over years (like Mo and the team did), maybe that would have been wrapped up too.

      I’m not saying the team doesn’t have a right to ask Jeter to take a paycut (they do), but that’s the central factor adding to the acrimony. Cutting an employee’s pay, justified or not, always makes shit more complex.

      • ZZ

        Have to disagree here.

        The single biggest hangup in any negotiation will be competing offers. Mo actually had that, yet did not invoke it.

        Mariano could have played hardball, much tougher than Jeter has been, because he actually had legit competition for his services.

        • http://www.twitter.com/jordansmed JGS

          He could have, but he was less inclined to stick it to the Yankees…because they weren’t trying to cut his pay.

          • ZZ

            Negotiating based on your market value is not really sticking it to the Yankees. It is just, pay me my fair market value.

            • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

              Which goes back to the original point: Mariano’s negotiation moved faster not because he had more leverage, but because what he wanted (to not have his pay cut) and what the Yankees wanted (to pay him roughly his market value) aligned perfectly, because paying him his market value didn’t demand cutting his pay. Neither side was really arguing about anything.

              Jeter’s negotiation is more acrimonious and labored because of the gulf between his new market value and his old pay rate. The lack of alternative suitors for him to shop his services around haven’t curtailed that acrimony or laboriousness in the least.

              • ZZ

                If this 3/51 offer is true and aside from money 3 teams offered him 3 years, I don’t see how you can classify 2/30 as roughly his market value.

                That is a huge gap and at the very least his MV was 3 years.

                • king of fruitless hypotheticals

                  AAV of 15-17 isnt that far.

          • Avi

            Tommie and JGS: Who says a reduction in average annual salary (from his previous contract) was a big deal for Jeter? Did you see that somewhere?

            • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com bexarama

              Not either of those guys but I’d expect it would be. It’d be a big deal for anyone, really.

            • http://www.twitter.com/jordansmed JGS

              How often do you see guys resigning with the same team for less money than they recently made? Moose did it, and Helton reworked the end of his deal to defer a decent chunk of the money owed to him, but I can’t think of others off the top of my head.

              • http://www.teamnerdrage.com dr mrs the yankee

                Andy Pettitte

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

          Yes, but both Mo and Jeter:

          A.) Wanted to remain Yankees for life and didn’t want to seek out or entertain competing offers
          B.) Were wanted back by the Yankees
          C.) Wanted at least to maintain their prior AAV salary levels

          Point C is where they differ. As you said, Mo got competing offers but signed quickly and without rancor; Jeter didn’t have competing offers but is still squabbling and negotiating and won’t sign for a little while more.

          Generally, competing offers = leverage = longer, more acrimonious negotiations, sure, but that’s only after one or more parties has truly chosen to consider leaving. Neither player here really wanted to shop himself around and only would have attempted to do so if his goals of achieving A, B, and C weren’t likely to be met. For Mo, all three parameters were agreed to quickly, and the negotiation moved apace (even regardless of the emergence of competing offers, apparently). For Jeter, C was a sticking point, so he’s holding out, even in the absence of a real alternative.

          • ZZ

            In this situation I really don’t think Mo had to consider leaving.

            The Yankees are not going to let him walk and he knows that. He could have dragged this out much longer, with the public perception on his side, and know he was going to come out on top at the end of the day. Or he could have just pressured the Yankees into giving him more money quickly by just threatening to walk.

            We also do not know what exactly the hangups are in Jeter’s negotiations. I have to suspect that the number of years is a major factor here. Maybe even moreso than the AAV.

  • pat

    Sox were probably hoping to steal Mo so they could nontender Papelbon. Dude is gonna make around 12 million and has been getting worse as his career progresses.

  • FIPster Doofus

    Funny how Papelbon just got bitch slapped by his own employer.

    “You’re not good enough. We want the closer from our archrival; he’s 11 years older than you but clearly superior nonetheless, and we’re willing to pay him $5 million more than you on a longer contract.”

    Boom, roasted.

    • pat

      Hey Papelbon, I don’t know whether to make a stupid joke or an ugly joke.

      Boom, roasted.

  • Hughesus Christo

    Wonder what fake story will get made up for when Jeter signs.

    • Everybody

      Thank You. I’m glad someone else isn’t dumb enough to forget all the fake crap Heyman shoots ut.

    • http://www.twitter.com/tomzig Tom Zig

      There will be a report that you are objective and don’t hate everyone.

      • Everybody

        I’m surprised you are able to fit your computer in Heyman’s pants.

    • Kyle Litke

      Heyman didn’t break that. Heyman said the Red Sox and Angels offered 3 year deals, but he wasn’t the one who broke the “3 years, more money” story, that was the Daily News. If they’re both reporting it as fact it makes me think it was probably true, although whether the offer was in good faith or to try to drive up the Yankees price, I don’t know.

  • mustang

    I can’t even think of Mo in Red Sox uniform that would have hurt.

    Mo is amazing even when he is not on the mound.

    • Oliver Queen

      Don’t worry, ESPN will probably run a photoshopped image of Rivera in a Boston jersey during the first NYY/BOS Sunday Night Baseball game of 2011.

  • http://twitter.com/YanktheMike yankthemike

    Seeing Mariano in a sox uniform would hurt me more than jeter

  • Avi

    Funny, if the Red Sox really made an offer to Mo what do they tell Papelbon now?

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      “Enjoy your final season in Boston. We’ll be offering you arb next winter and watching you decline it and walk away, and then we’ll take the draft pick some other schmuck team gives us for you, coat it with barbecue sauce, and eat a delicious snack while you turn into the new Armando Benitez.”

      • Avi

        Sounds about accurate.

      • jsbrendog (returns)

        wait…..armando benitez ended up playing for the yankees….i don’t like where this is going

  • king of fruitless hypotheticals

    I was thinking my rating of Rivera before was a 10…but now I realize:

    This one goes to 11.

  • http://twitter.com/SteveH_MandAura Steve H

    I love that Yankees spurn bigger dollars from the Red Sox, but Johnny Damon had no problem doing the opposite. Fuck the Sox.

    • mustang

      +100

      LOL

      • candyforstalin

        this whole thread is ‘lol’.

  • http://www.thesubwayconnection.com Newbie

    I really love you Mo.

  • bonestock94

    lol redsox lol

  • MikeD

    I’m still having difficulty believing that three teams offered Rivera a three-year deal, and it seems two of the teams (reportedly the Angels and Red Sox) offered him $17 million per, then Mo turns around and takes a two-year deal from the Yanks at $15 million per, which is what he’s made the last three seasons, yet he reportedly asked the Yankees for $17 million at the start of the negotiations.

    I don’t question that Mo wants to remain with the Yankees, but he now had the perfect leverage to at least get the Yankees to up the dollars. Yet once he has the leverage, he immediately signs for a lower amount.

    Does anyone here think the Yankees would have let him leave for one or two million more? Something doesn’t seem quite right.

    • Kyle Litke

      The only thing I can come up with is that Mo didn’t actually care that much about the dollar amount, that he really wanted two years. It’s possible the Yankees were standing at one year, then these offers came in, they said “Okay, two years”, Mo gets what he wants, move on.

      Heck, he may not even want the 3 years. He might prefer to take it year to year after 2012.

      • MikeD

        If what’s reported is correct, I think you’re scenario makes the most sense. He wanted a second year and the Yankees were holding firm at one until the three-year offer came in.

    • rek4gehrig

      Mo is smart and humble. That’s why

  • Shaun

    I’m glad Mo is staying but oddly, I am beyond pissed that anyone would try to take Mo from the Yankees. I was disappointed when Matsui, Damon, Melky left in 2009 and hoped the teams that got them would treat them well but, I want to see those who tried to take Mo away utterly destroyed next season.

    • rek4gehrig

      LOL. Yankee fans never cease to amaze me :-)

  • mike o

    Via Heyman twitter: the #yankees like russell martin. they believe at least 1 of 2 talented kid catchers (montero/romine) will be ready; but who knows?

    I wouldnt mind Martin as a depth move

  • Cy Pettitte

    Mo is pure class, I hope he continues to be ageless because it will be a sad day when he finally retires

  • Larry G

    Now DJ needs to learn a lesson from this….Salute Mo!

  • http://www.bleedingyankeeblue.blogspot.com The Mighty Casey

    LOVE THAT MO IS COMING HOME! http://bleedingyankeeblue.blog.....s-act.html

    NOW WE NEED JETER!

  • Adam

    It would have been awesome if Mo/Cuza contacted the Sox for an offer with no actual interest, just to zing Papelbon for when he claimed he wouldn’t be adverse to becoming the Yankees closer/when he claimed that he should have closed the ’08 All-Star game.

  • OldYanksFan

    http://sports.espn.go.com/new-.....id=5877705
    The New York Daily News reported that Rivera was offered a three-year deal by an unnamed team.

    Los Angeles Angels GM Tony Reagins refused to verify an SI.com report that the Angels had offered Rivera a contract.

    “That’s just part of the rumor

  • George39

    He just took 1 look at Lebron, and said no to boston!

  • rek4gehrig

    I love you, Mo :-)))