Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Therein lies the potential gulf, according to one team official, who says, “there’s just no way” Rivera can expect to pull down another guaranteed $15 million. With all due respect to their resident superstar, the Yankees will need some assurance that Rivera is still durable and, if not bullet-proof, at least close enough while they groom another closer for 2014.
So it’ll be up to Cashman to craft a face-saving offer, yet one that wouldn’t reward Rivera for spending most of the 2012 season on the disabled list. Will it be $12 million plus incentives? If it’s less, how much less? At what point does Rivera use his equity with the public – that limitless reservoir of popularity – to get what he wants?
I agree that Mo shouldn’t get the same contract he got last year, but I don’t begrudge him trying to squeeze every last penny out of the team that paid $8M to Pedro Feliciano for doing nothing but throwing off flat ground for two years. Especially since it’s probably going to be Rivera’s last contract ever.
I don’t think there’ll be much drama here.
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