Nov
29

Yankees agree to re-sign Mariano Rivera

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The greatest reliever of all-time is back for another year. The Yankees and Mariano Rivera have agreed to a new one-year contract with a $10M base salary and another $5M in awards-based incentives according to Jon Heyman, Dan Barbarisi, and Jayson Stark. The Yankees have been monitoring the right-hander’s health this offseason, so the process of finalizing the contract should be expedited.

Rivera, who turns 43 today, appeared in only nine games in 2012 before a fluke incident shagging fly balls during batting practice in early-May resulted in a torn right ACL. He had surgery to repair the knee and missed the final five months of the season plus playoffs. Prior to the injury, Rivera allowed just two runs in 8.1 innings. Rafael Soriano took over as closer and was phenomenal, but he opted out of his contract after the season and figures to sign elsewhere as a free agent. Mo will resume ninth inning duties.

The Yankees have now re-signed three important veteran pitchers to new one-year contracts as Hiroki Kuroda ($15M) and Andy Pettitte ($12M) with join Rivera in the Bronx next season. The pitching staff can still use some tinkering, but the heavy lifting is done. Right field and catcher will be the priority when the Winter Meetings start next week, ditto the bench and miscellaneous depth. The Yankees have taken care of some major offseason business before the calendar flipped to December, but there is still work to be done.

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31 Comments»

  1. Luisergi says:

    Sweet, i can go to a game this year and finally watch him pitch.

    I was scared when he got injured that i may never watch him throw, just like i was never able to attend a game at the old place.

  2. Steve (different one) says:

    Yay!

  3. Tipsie says:

    Here’s to one last season of greatness.

  4. flamingo says:

    YEAH.

    I kind of want him to announce it’s his last season, so he can get a farewell tour around the league this year.

    Or he can announce he’s retiring right after we win the World Series. That’s fine, too.

  5. Assapopulus says:

    Okay, now go sign Soria!

  6. Frank Castle says:

    Beautiful.

  7. MB923 says:

    Say your prayers little one
    Don’t forget my son
    To include everyone
    I tuck you in
    Warm within
    Keep you free from sin
    ‘Til the sandman he comes

  8. Get Phelps Up says:

    Great news!

  9. Rich in NJ says:

    Stay healthy, Mo.

  10. Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle AKA True Yankee(TM) says:

    No more shagging fly balls for you old man!!

  11. vin says:

    I was hoping for a 10 year deal, but whatever.

  12. Yankonymous says:

    We finally get to see Pettitte/Mo go for 69. Career win/save combo, that is.

    I’ve been waiting awhile to say that.

  13. mrdbag says:

    Yeah that’s great how much and how long for Hamilton? For those say it’s a 95 win team quote bill beame “if you don’t win the last game nobody gives a shot”

  14. DC says:

    A nice birthday gift for Mo and myself today!

  15. YanksFanInBeantown says:

    Yay!

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