Mariano Rivera will be 41-years old at the end of this year. And, he will be a free agent. Here are the last two deals that Rivera signed with the Yankees:
Current contract: Three years (2008-2010) at $15 million per season with a no-trade clause.
Previous contract: Three years (2005-2007) at $10.5 million per season. (Last year was a club option that became guaranteed in 2006 due to performance clauses.)
For the last five years or so, the Yankees have been slightly lightening Mo’s workload:
This all said – if you’re the Yankees, what kind of offer to you make Mariano at the end of the season? Given his age, there’s no way you make a three-year offer. But, do you offer him two years? If not, would Mo take a one-year deal? I’m thinking he’s probably going to want two years – since this could be his last contract.
And, what about the money? Do you offer him $15 million a season again? Is that crazy, even for the Yankees, to pay a guy who may pitch in 65 games (in 2011) and only cover 65 innings? And, what happens if the Yankees ask Mo to take a paycut? Would that be an insult?
Don’t get me wrong…I know this is not a Johnny Damon situation where the Yankees are going to try to nickel and dime the player. But, could it be possible that the talks with Rivera at the end of the season could turn ugly and that 2010 will be Mariano’s last season with the team?