Rivera to Cashman: I Want To Play

Do you hear that noise? It’s the sound of Yankee fans celebrating.

According to a report in the New York Post Mariano Rivera has called GM Brian Cashman and told him that he wants to play in 2013. Rivera, who missed most of last season after tearing his ACL, was unsure about his return in recent weeks according to sources.

So, Yankee fans can exhale. We have our iconic closer back. All that needs to be done now is for the team and Rivera to work out a deal for the 2013 season – Rivera made $15M last season.

This news has made my Saturday a whole lot brighter. Hopefully Mo will be close to 100% when he makes his return but even if he isn’t, just having him around will be a big boost for the club.

Stacey is co-Editor-in-Chief of It's About The Money, co-host of the It's About The Money, Stupid podcast and is a monthly contributor to ESPN's SweetSpot Blog. She is a former contributor at Aerys Sports and High Heat Stats. She has contributed to group projects at Baseball: Past And Present and the Hall of Stats. Her work has appeared in USA Today's Sports Weekly and most recently, she wrote four pieces for Derek Jeter: Celebrating the Yankees' Captain Clutch, a magazine printed by i5 Publishing.

9 thoughts on “Rivera to Cashman: I Want To Play

  1. Rob

    Can we get some speculation on how much(or little) he would be willing to play for? This seems like it’s going to be his last season right? any chance they sign him to a two year deal with the second being a team option?

  2. Adam

    I'd think it'd be $10m for a year with a player option for like 7m the next year. I doubt it'd be a team option. Probably go the route they did with Jeter, a player option year at a lower rate than they probably could command on the open market.

  3. Adam

    But then again Pettitte came back for 2.5m so maybe I am way overshooting here.

  4. Bill

    I'd think they'd go year to year with him. He won't stay if he can't perform. One year deal for whatever he made this past year and see how it goes.

  5. brian

    One of the things I admire about Mo is his willingness to go for every last dollar…

    This is a business, and Rivera certainly doesn't owe it to the yankees or their fans to take less than he thinks his agent can negotiate

  6. John

    Seems like you keep giving the good news lately Stacy. Keep it up!

  7. Sabrina

    Its ok news to me. It only solves our closer problem for one year.

    • brian

      the closer position is wildly overrated anyways…

      It's more personal for me.. I want Rivera around because I just want him around, the team doesn't need him or his leadership anymore, but who cares, it's freaking MARIANO

      • ProfRobert

        I think any team could always use the kind of leadership Rivera provides, but that aside, yes, I just want to see him pitch another season, and to give my four-year-old a chance to see him, too (last year, he kept asking about the man who hurt his knee, so I'm happy to tell him that the knee is all better, and we can watch him play next year).

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