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I suspect that it would be a PR nightmare if the Yankees give him a pay cut. Unless Rivera makes it plain that he considers 2013 a "make-up year" and signs for the minimum or something (which I don't suspect he would). I'll be interested about the money.
But also, the Yanks have been down this path before. They survived the Bernie debacle. They survived Pettitte leaving town. The fans actually seemed more annoyed than grateful that they didn't can Posada earlier.
Cashman: Hi, Mo. How ya feeling?
Mo: I AM the droid you are looking for. (waves hand creepily)
Cashman: You ARE the droid I am looking for.
Mo: 1 year, eleventy BILLION dollars.
Cashman: Yes. That's the droid AND the price I am looking for....
~$3-5M in bonuses based on appearances
Why wouldn't you give him a two year deal
Mo is an icon and everyone know it. Plus the business has an inflated sense of closers' value. I suspect the talks start at 1/$10M and go up from there.
Wasn't it widely believed that Rivera was going to retire after 2012 had he not been injured? In fact, didn't he practically say as much?
Well, after the A-rod deal I can see why you'd ask. But the answer would be that injuries to 42-year-olds are not freak injuries.
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