In contrast to the Derek Jeter fiasco, Mariano Rivera’s negotiations with the Yankees are reported to be going smoothly. “Night and day,” a source tells ESPN New York’s Andrew Marchand. Rivera is expected to get $16 or $17 million a year. He wants two years, but it could be done with one year and a vesting option.
My guess: if Jeter said he’d take three years or less, his negotiation would be over rather quickly. The killer in all of this, I think, is the time commitment. On a one or two year deal, the Yankees can work around Mariano Rivera if he craters. If Jeter craters while on a four year deal, there will be nowhere to hide him that long and the team will end up having to DFA their most important player in the past 20 years.
The Yankees have the best offense in all of baseball. Now they’re about to add a big power threat: Greg Bird will be activated tomorrow.
Bird has missed the entire year since undergoing ankle surgery to remove a spur back in March. He’s been on the mend of late, however, and recently completed a stretch of 12 rehab games in which he didn’t hit a ton, but he showed that he was healthy and that’s always been the biggest thing with him. As you’ll recall, he missed considerable time with trouble in the same ankle last season.
Bird has always shown considerable promise, and the Yankees — despite scoring runs in bunches — could use a little left-handed power and some better production at first base. Bird, hopefully, will be able to provide it.