Mariano Rivera could be signed by the end of next week’s Winter Meetings. That’s what a source told Brian Costa over at the Wall Street Journal.
Naturally, the Yankees closer has been moving toward a deal quietly and smoothly. As silent and effective as ever.
The Yankees and Rivera have been working largely in the background, moving toward an agreement with none of the public back-and-forth that has market the Derek Jeter negotiations. Doesn’t mean there haven’t been disagreements (surely they didn’t both show up asking for the same thing), and it doesn’t mean there wasn’t a gap to be closed (this was a negotiation, afterall).
But just like Rivera himself, these negotiations have been business as usual. Not many bells or whistles, and certainly no public shouting and screaming.
Rivera might be older than Jeter, but he’s coming off another strong season. He’s also reportedly never been looking for more than a two-year deal. As much as anything, those two facts might have eased these negotiations.
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