The Yankees are finishing off a contract with closer Mariano Rivera and expect the deal to be completed by Friday, according to a baseball official who was consulted on the contract.
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.
At least one more year till Moness retires to the Elysian fields.
should the Yankees have interest in Ludwick?
Martin, apparently, signs with the Pirates.
Man, one of the things that absolutely kills me with Yankee free agents is when they sign deals that they'd never in a million years take from the Yankees. There's no way that Martin would have taken a two year/$17 million dollar deal from the Yankees, but he will from another team. We see it every year. "It is a disgrace if the Yankees over me less than $13 million a year and it better be a multi-year deal. Oh, okay, I'll sign here for $8 million a year." So it is because of that that I can't even criticize the Yankees for not getting him for 2 years/$17 million because there's no way that deal was ever on the table for them. If it was, I bet they would have grabbed it right away.
Brian, it does seem that way.But isn't it a failure on Cashman's part if he can't stop that from happening, if he can't get the same talent without overpaying?Or is it a cultural meme beyond his control? I wouldn't think so - if there's any cultural meme out there, it's the "it's a business" meme, which would seem to dictate dollars, even if they're Yankee dollars.
I think the cultural meme is "The Yankees have the most money in the world so if they are asking you to take a pay cut, it is an insult."Abreu, Matsui, Damon and now Martin. All four would have stayed Yankees if they were willing to take the offers that they ended up taking anyways from other teams.
Luckily, in one of the instances, Miguel Cairo passed up $4 million for 2 years (and ended up signing I think a one-year deal for $750,000) which led to the awful Tony Womack signing which, in turn, led to Robinson Cano getting a shot.
Maybe Jeff Mathis is available. If he can hit for us the way he hits against us, we'd have Joe Mauer at about 5% of the price.
How is the return on Tommy Hanson just Jordan Walden? Do the Braves even NEED bullpen help?! How do they not get a hitter for Hanson?!
Rivera's deal is apparently "only" for $10 million.
Apparently "Alex Rodriguez will have surgery on his left hip and will miss the start of the season and possibly the entire first half.Rodriguez has a torn labrum, bone impingement and a cyst, the Yankees said Monday. The third baseman will need to follow a pre-surgery program over the next four-to-six weeks, and the team anticipates he will be sidelined four-to-six months after the operation. That timetable projects to a return between the start of May and mid-July."Awesome, yes?"''Both doctors believe that there is a very strong possibility that Rodriguez's hip condition may have had a negative effect on his performance during the latter stages of the season and the playoffs,'' the Yankees said."
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