Thursday night, Rivera's agent Fernando Cuza - who was one of the many guests at Red Sox slugger David Ortiz's celebrity golf tournament kickoff dinner - had said the Yankees and Rivera's camp were "a little far apart" on getting a new deal done for Rivera, and that "hopefully we'll be able to work it out." But within hours, a deal came together, perhaps expedited because Rivera had recently received a three-year deal and more money (believed to be in the neighborhood of $17 million per year) from another team, according to the source. The source added that Rivera wanted to maintain his ties to the only team he has ever played for, and went with less money and fewer years to continue wearing pinstripes.That's a fair deal. He made $15M per year during his last deal and he didn't do anything to deserve a pay cut. I'm also glad it got done pretty quickly. Now they can move on to other things (Lee, Jeter, Pettitte).
"He wanted to stay loyal to the Yankees," the source said.
Cuza would only say that he had received calls from other teams interested in Rivera's services.
Thursday, December 2, 2010
Christian Red is reporting that the Yankees and Rivera have agreed on a 2-year, $30 million deal. Here's more on how things went down:
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