Nov
27

Report(s): Yankees optimistic about signing Rivera this week

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Via Ken Rosenthal and Joel Sherman: The Yankees are optimistic about finalizing a new contract for Mariano Rivera this week. It’s expected to be worth a little more than the $10-11M pact Andy Pettitte is close to signing.

Sherman notes the Yankees have been monitoring the health of both Rivera (knee) and Pettitte (leg) following their injuries, so the process of re-signing both will be expedited. With Hiroki Kuroda already in tow, the Yankees would be able to go into next week’s Winter Meetings with a clear shopping list (and budget) should they finalize new deals for Pettitte and Rivera within the next few days.

Categories : Asides, Hot Stove League
  • Jersey Joe

    :) Could all of Martin, Ichiro, Pettitte, and Mo sign by the end of this week? If so, we just need lefty DH (dime-a-dozen), UT IF (slightly hard to find), and quality righty 4th OF (hard to find for cheap).

    • I am not the droids you’re looking for…

      I think you’re forgetting about replacing Swisher’s production. The 4 FA signings are the prelude to a big trade, not roster mop up work.

      • I am not the droids you’re looking for…

        * could also be a major (unexpected) signing though I think a major trade more likely.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        We shall see. We shall see.

      • jjyank

        I agree about the trade thing. I’ve had a hunch since the end of the playoffs that something big (at least relatively) would happen in that regard. Granted, I have absolutely nothing to support that. Just a feeling.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          It could be something you had for dinner last night.

          • jjyank

            Hmmm…I had home made tacos. True. Something big is in the works either way.

            • Robinson Tilapia

              How far from the workspace to the restroom? How many restrooms?

            • Robinson Tilapia

              In all seriousness, though, it’d make sense for the Yankees to be all in on the rare, potentially-available cost-controlled star OFs out there. I’m not getting my hopes too up, though, as wanting it and actually getting an agreement are chasms apart.

              • jjyank

                Of course. Like I said, I have no basis for my hunch.

                And I’m the second closest person to the bathrooms. I should be alright.

                • Dan Gold

                  You can bang out at least 8-9 posts while on the can

                  • jjyank

                    Good morning, Douchey McDoucherson.

                    • Robinson Tilapia

                      I assume this guy’s a groupie of some sort, kinda like the mother-in-law-joke guy?

                    • jjyank

                      I suppose I should be flattered.

                    • Dan Gold

                      TELLER MAN HAS SPOKEN !!

                • I Live In My Mom’s Basement

                  At first I read “I have no basis for my lunch.”

              • I am not the droids you’re looking for…

                I see that Seattle is in big on Martin. They obviously love Montero’s ability to catch. Maybe he’d be available by trade?

    • Ted Nelson

      RH 4th OFs aren’t usually hard to find. The last three years Thames and Jones have come pretty cheap and mashed LHP 2/3 of the time. They don’t grow on trees, but they’re abundant relative to just about anything else in baseball.

  • jjyank

    Awesome news this morning, all of it. I’m a bit iffy on the Ichiro thing if he will be the starting right fielder, but I’m okay with it if he sits when struggling/against lefties. But the Pettitte and Mo stuff is really great to hear. I’m sure Cashman would love to finish that stuff up as soon as possible so he can turn his focus on the other, less obvious areas.

  • BallstonSean

    Mike,
    Assuming Mo and Andy both resign around the $11m mark each, any idea where the current payroll figure stands? I’m curious as to how much left they have to fill the remaining holes.

    • Cris Pengiucci

      Not Mike and I don’t have the current total, but this is 2013, not 2014, so there’s no team imposed cap at $189MM this upcoming season. Therefore, they can spend as much as they want and not put that $100MM in savings in jepardy.

      • Preston

        Previous budgets under Hal have been around 205, I doubt they spend much more than that.

      • Ted Nelson

        There’s no team imposed cap of $189 in 2014, either. It’s imposed by the league.

        • Andy Pettitte’s Fibula (formerly Manny’s BanWagon)

          No, it’s team imposed. Any team can exceed the cap if they so chose. It’s not a hard cap like the NFL.

          • Ted Nelson

            The Yankees created the MLB incentive structure?

  • tipsie

    These signings are key & critical; but we need something more to be a better team next year. The same team (one year older) won’t get it done. I have to believe that Cash knows this. Again, one new “toy” for the 2013 season. Who?

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Contact-to-All-Fields Elmo?

    • Ted Nelson

      It’s not likely to be the same team without Swisher, but the 2012 team won 95 games and could have easily beaten the Tigers if they got hot rather than ice cold at the right time.

      I’m sure that they’re evaluating some big ticket options, and they will at least bring in some interesting guys for the DH/bench roles. I don’t think they need to get a toy for the sake of it, though. Has to be a good value.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    I wan my son to witness Mariano Rivera coming out of the bullpen to “Enter Sandman” in person.

    • Cris Pengiucci

      Yeah, I’m sure he’ll remember later in life, at his age. Maybe you’re expecting Mariano to sign for 4 more years? :-)

    • I am not the droids you’re looking for…

      Preferably on a cold late October evening…

  • Reuben Sierra’s Chains

    Can’t wait to have this guy holding down the 9th again this year. Although Sori was very effective it just was not the same at all. I missed you Sandman.