Just spoke to Brian Cashman: No deals are getting done tonight, so he claims.
So in five hours, Jorge Posada and Mariano Rivera are free to sign with other teams. You can expect the Mets to come hard after Posada. I’m not sure what teams will chase Rivera as everybody believes he will stay in pinstripes.
A deal with the Yankees could obviously come at any time, so stay tuned. But both guys apparently will stay true to their vow to test the open market.
UPDATE, 7:15 p.m.: Hank Steinbrenner has weighed in from Tampa.
“Mariano already has been given an improved offer, and Jorge’s will be today,” Little Stein told the AP. “We’re kind of hoping to get an answer at least on one of the two tonight. … The ball’s pretty much in their court now. They’ve both been made very good offers now, and we’ll see where they’re at. We’ll see how committed they are.”
Rivera, meantime, is in the Dominican Republic. “The Yankees are my first option,” he said in Santo Domingo. “But if that is not possible, there is Joe with the Dodgers.”
Joe with the Dodgers? They have Saito, Broxton and Proctor. They need a lot more than another reliever.