The Yankees have agreed to re-sign closer Mariano Rivera to a one year $10 million deal plus incentives. Last season, Rivera’s year was cut short by an ACL tear in early May while he was shagging fly balls. Rivera should be...
So it was a Happy Birthday for Mariano Rivera and every Yankee fan who was born on November 29. The Yankees and Mo agreed to a one-year/$10M deal.
Jon Heyman was the first to tweet about it:
#yankees and mariano rivera have agreed on a $10M guarantee for 2013. will also have awards/incentives.
This is good news heading into the weekend before the Winter Meetings. Next order of business, making sure the Yankees have a catcher behind the plate to work with all of the pitchers they re-signed this past week.
It seems like every day brings a new twist in the free agency of Russell Martin, but today the news is not good if you’re a proponent of bringing Martin back to the Yankees. George King reports that, with the Pirates and Rangers showing much interest in the Yankees’ incumbent catcher, Martin may sign with another club without the Yankees so much as making an offer of their own:
With the Pirates increasing an offer from two to three years for upwards of $22 million and Texas showing interest in Martin, the Yankees feel there is a solid chance Martin grabs a deal .
“He could be off the board before they get to him,’’ a person familiar with the situation said of Martin and the Yankees, who made pitching an early off-season priority over catching and right field.. “The Pirates and Rangers have needs at catcher.’’
King further reports that, though Martin likes the Yankees and would like to remain with the team, he’s not necessarily going to wait around and let the other interested teams move on to other options, especially if the Yankees are reluctant to offer him the prevailing market wage.…
Dave Miley has been named the minor league Manager of the Year by Baseball America. Miley led the Scranton-Wilkes Barre Yankees to a division crown and the second best record in the International League despite being forced to play the entire season on the road due to construction at their own stadium, so the award is certainly a deserved one. Miley was also named the International League Manager of the Year for the second time for his work this past season.
Miley has had one managerial stint in the majors, owning a record of 125-164 from 2003-05, with a 76-86 record in 2004, his only full season. I remember that stint pretty well from being in the area at the time, and in hindsight I think Miley was a pretty average manager all things considered. Those were just some untalented teams, and management was in a period of going through managers like socks hoping to placate a restless fanbase, as I recall.…
MLB and the MLBPA have been discussing potentially expanding the league’s drug testing policy, and now union head Michael Weiner indicates that an agreement on expanded testing would seem to be on the way.
Weiner says the union and MLB have spoken about adding in-season tests for human growth hormone next year. There also is discussion about making the tests more sophisticated for all performance-enhancing drugs.
The devil is in the details, I suppose, and though I don’t particularly care much about those scary, scary, arbitrarily banned substances, drug testing is something that’s between the league and the union. If the players want more testing and more “sophisticated” tests (which I find to be rather questionable language, but that’s not really my area of expertise) that’s there business. I do, however, find the apparent reasoning for this to be rather strange:
Earlier this week, Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz became the eighth player suspended this year under the big league drug program.
The two sides have agreed on the parameters of a one-year deal, the official said, and spent Thursday trying to finish off final details of Rivera’s salary and incentives.
The report also says that Mo would probably earn $11-12M which would be a pay cut but the deal would have incentives that add up to the $15M he made last season.
UPDATE: From the Twitter account of Jon Morosi:
Source: #Yankees, Mariano Rivera are on verge of one-year, $10 million contract. @MLBONFOX
I’ll admit it: usually I look forward to Hall of Fame season. The arguments can be fun, you get to make fun of people for silly votes, and sometimes someone puts forward an argument that makes you appreciate a former player in a new light. Heck, it even gave me the excuse to write about medieval witch trials last year. This year, however, that’s not the case. Part of the reason for that is fatigue with arguments that never really change, but a good chunk of it comes from the realization that so many absurdities result from structural deficiencies in the process itself. Most of all I simply find myself wondering a rather simple question: If the Hall of Fame doesn’t take itself seriously, why should I take it seriously?
Think I’m exaggerating? Then answer me this: what sort of self-respecting institution would not only completely outsource it’s most visible form of decision making, but would continue to stand idly by when that process became as absurd as the Hall of Fame voting process we have today?…
The 2013 Hall of Fame ballot has officially been released. Joe Posnanski said in a tweet, “There are at least 14 players on this year’s Hall of Fame ballot I would love to see in the Hall.”
Those players? By my guess: Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Craig Biggio, Mark McGwire, Jeff Bagwell, Kenny Lofton,...
Baseball America has a list of the top 20 prospects from the Arizona Fall League out today, and one Yankee makes an appearance. That would be outfielder Slade Heathcott, who comes in just shy of the top five in the sixth place spot after tearing up the league to the tune of a .388/.494/.612 batting line. Heathcott, who BA just ranked as the second best prospect in the Yankees’ farm system, comes in ahead of some pretty familiar names, including Seattle’s Mike Zunino (7th), Detroit’s Nick Castellanos (8th), Cincinnati’s record setting speedster Billy Hamilton (10th), and Washington’s Anthony Rendon (11th), which is pretty awesome. Obviously this is no guarantee of future success, but Heathcott’s resurgence is certainly a welcome bright spot in a year that has included so many other setbacks for the farm system.