• Tampa Is Motown Today

    Posted by on October 30th, 2007 · Comments (2)

    From the Daily News -

    A deal to bring Mariano Rivera back to the Bronx may be in the works, as the All-Star closer and his agent are meeting with the Yankees Tuesday at Legends Field.

    Fernando Cuza, who represents Rivera, showed up at the Yankees’ spring ballpark around 11:45 a.m., accompanied by two of his associates. Ten minutes later, Rivera arrived by himself in a black Mercedes.

    When asked if he was meeting with the Yankees, Rivera said, “Yeah. We have to see something.” Rivera declined further comment, telling reporters he would elaborate on his way out of the ballpark.

    Rivera was one of five Yankees to file for free agency on Monday, the first day players were allowed to do so. The Yankees are expected to offer Rivera a three-year deal worth approximately $40 million.

    Team president Randy Levine arrived at Legends Field at 10 a.m., while general manager Brian Cashman pulled up to the ballpark shortly before 11 a.m.

    Three years at forty million should be enough to get this done. Let’s hope that it happens quickly – and Posada too – as that might get Pettitte interested in coming back for another year.

    Comments on Tampa Is Motown Today

    1. baileywalk
      October 30th, 2007 | 10:32 pm

      Interesting note about Girardi’s signing.

      “The Dodgers believed they had reached an agreement with Girardi at the end of last week, with the announcement to be made at the conclusion of the World Series. Instead, the New York Yankees matched the Dodgers’ offer of $7.5 million over three seasons, and Girardi accepted.”

      Sounds like Girardi was going to go to the Dodgers for some extra coin, but went back to the Yanks when they matched the offer. So for all his love for the Yanks, Girardi would have been willing to go to L.A. for more money.

      The whole thing is kind of insane: Girardi was going to L.A. and Mattingly would have gotten the job, but now Girardi is in N.Y. and Mattingly and Torre will probably end up in L.A., and for much more money.

      For all the bashing A-Rod has been taking for looking for the biggest paycheck, I wonder what the reaction will be with Girardi (if anyone even talks about this).

    2. Raf
      October 31st, 2007 | 1:24 pm

      For all the bashing A-Rod has been taking for looking for the biggest paycheck, I wonder what the reaction will be with Girardi (if anyone even talks about this).
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      I´d doubt it would even register. The two are perceived differently in the media.

      It appears Rodriguez has burned bridges at least thrice in his career.

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