The negotiations with Jeter have dominated the headlines in recent days, but Rivera's contract situation - which has been as private as Jeter's has been public - could be even trickier.Just pay the man.
While Cashman invited Jeter to test the market if he wasn't satisfied with the Yankees' three-year, $45 million offer, the Bombers should hope that Rivera doesn't do the same. According to an industry source, Rivera is considered the preeminent free-agent reliever, one that many teams would love to pry away from the Bombers.
"Jeter may not have many teams looking to pay him millions, but Rivera certainly will," the source said. "He's still one of the best - if not the best - closers in the game."
Rivera is reportedly looking for a two-year deal worth $18 million per year, which would be a $3 million annual raise from the $15 million he's earned in each of the past three years. The Yankees would prefer to give their legendary closer a one-year contract, although with few internal options to replace Rivera, their hands may be tied.
Thursday, November 25, 2010
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