December 3, 2010

Mariano Rivera to re-sign with Yankees for $30M/2yrs

Mariano Rivera is expected to sign a two-year, $30 million deal with the Yankees by Friday night, according to the Daily News.

No surprise he’s back with the Yankees, but it’s just one less thing to worry about now that both parties have reached an agreement.

As for the contract, it seems like Rivera convinced the Yankees to sign him for two years instead of one, but for a cheaper annual salary than he reportedly requested on Nov. 22.

Was this the right move for the Yankees? My quick answer (because I’m in the middle of writing a paper for school) is: his numbers did the talking in these negotiations.

Oh, and Rivera just turned 41 on Monday. Look at Mo go!

With Derek Jeter’s statistics, 2010 is glaring evidence of a possible decline. In negotiations, Jeter is stressing his importance to the franchise over his whole career, while the Yankees are factoring in his last season a lot more. If Jeter didn’t have a down year in 2010, I’d bet his contract negotiations would be a lot closer to being complete.

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