The highly scientific LoHud Yankees Blog Poll has determined that the Yankees should give Mariano Rivera a contract extension now.
Of the nearly 1,000 people who voted, 664 want Rivera to get his extension now. 143 believe the Yankees should wait until after the season and 135 believe it’s all A-Rod’s fault.
(Thanks for playing along with the little joke, you 135 people)
As for me, I think the Yankees should wait. Mo is 37 and was shut down with an elbow problem last September. He could well he fine now and I’ll take his word that he is.
But waiting until October does no harm. Rivera wants to stay with the Yankees and as they did with Mike Mussina, they can make a deal while they still hold his rights.
Why give away $20+ million now if you don’t have to?
Mariano squawked a bit but those were talking points from his agent. Mo knows better than anybody that baseball is a business at this level. If he stays healthy, it will get done.
Thanks to everybody who voted in the poll. We’ll do another one next week.