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Posada and Rivera have all the leverage now

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Oct 19, 2007 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

You know who is having a good day? Fern Cuza. He’s the agent for Mariano Rivera.

There’s also some celebrating going on in the offices of Seth and Sam Levinson, who represent Jorge Posada.

The Yankees can’t control what Alex Rodriguez will do. But they would seem to have little choice but to give Posada and Rivera whatever they want. Otherwise they risk even more backlash from a fan base that is angry to start with.

The Yankees so badly mangled the ouster of Joe Torre that they have to appease people by bringing back two popular veterans, if only to change the tone. And the tone is ugly now.

Rivera? Two years and $28 million. Posada? Three years and $43. Those figures may sound outrageous, but Cuza and the Levinson have all the leverage on their side.

The new manager, whoever that may be, needs a catcher and a closer.

And trust me on this, there will be no “performance-based model” for those guys.




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