• Randy Levine: Jeter & Rivera Will Remain Yankees

    Posted by on June 29th, 2010 · Comments (2)

    Via Brian Costello

    Yankees fans have nothing to worry about this winter if you listen to team president Randy Levine.

    Levine virtually guaranteed the return of icons and impending free agents Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera next season at a speaking engagement in Manhattan last night.

    “We don’t negotiate in public,” Levine said as part of a “TimesTalks” program. “But I would find it highly, highly unlikely if both of them were not back with the Yankees.”

    The expiring contracts of Jeter and Rivera has hung over the franchise all year. Jeter turned 36 over the weekend and Rivera will be 41 next season. Both of them are still performing at a high level, but their age and price tag could make negotiations sticky.

    “Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera are the Yankees,” Levine said.

    General manager Brian Cashman also appeared on the panel, but did not show his hand as much as Levine. He did speak about the difficulty of finding a successor for Rivera when that day comes.

    “It’s going to be hell replacing him,” Cashman said. “He has been the most meaningful Yankee during this stretch.”

    So, does this mean that Levine will be handling the contract talks with Jeter and Mo – and not Brian Cashman?

    Comments on Randy Levine: Jeter & Rivera Will Remain Yankees

    1. ken
      June 29th, 2010 | 6:41 pm

      The days are long gone when an owner tells a GM the budget and then the GM does as he pleases and notifies the owner what he did. “Oh, by the way, I just signed Arod to a $300M contract”.

      In this era of big contracts, owners have to be involved in these high profile trades/signings. That takes nothing away from the GM. I’m still with Cash. In fact, one of his greatest attributes is not sucking up the attention to himself. He allows the owner to get the glory for successes and takes the heat for the owner’s impulsiveness.

    2. 77yankees
      June 29th, 2010 | 7:49 pm

      I think it’s Randy Levine playing “dress-up” with his dolls again.

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