During the first week or so of the offseason, both the Yankees front office and Derek Jeter’s representation seemed to be preparing the fan base for a lengthy negotiation. It was going to take more than a handshake and a signature to get the deal done, and so far they’ve been right.
Jeter’s still not signed, and the sides don’t seem especially close.
But what about Mariano Rivera?
The Yankees closer is also still on the market, but he’s been a free agent before and neither side seems especially anxious. Jon Heyman reported last week that Rivera has told friends he wants a two-year deal. During the GM meetings, none of the Yankees brass seemed to have anything to add.
“I haven’t heard anything about Mariano,” Randy Levine said. “I don’t know whether (Brian Cashman) has talked to him.”
Doesn’t sound like a lot of urgency or concern there, and the Yankees certainly have not hinted that these negotiations will be difficult. Compared to the Jeter negotations, the Rivera situation seems simple for both sides, if only because we’ve heard hardly anything about it.
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