Well, the Yankees have wrapped up negotiations with one of their veteran free agents.
Red Christian of the New York Daily News reports that closer Mariano Rivera has agreed to terms on a two-year contract worth $30 million and that the agreement will be finalized on Friday.
Rivera’s talks went smoothly because he wasn’t asking for an unreasonable amount of money (cough, Jeter) or years (cough, Jeter) and because he’s actually still an effective player.
The 41-year-old Mo posted a fantastic 1.80 ERA and 0.83 WHIP along with 33 saves in 38 opportunities this year for New York. He was apparently offered a three-year deal worth around $17 million annually from another club, but he turned that down in order to end his career where it started.
Rivera remains one of the most dominant relievers in all of baseball.
The Padres and Rockies combined to score 92 runs across a four-game series between Thursday and Sunday at Coors Field, setting a new modern era major league record. The previous record was 89 combined runs scored by the Phillies and Brooklyn Dodgers in four games between May 16-18, 1929.
The Rockies won Thursday’s game 9-6. The Padres scored six runs in the ninth inning on Tuesday to overcome an 11-5 deficit and ended up winning 16-12 in 12 innings. The Rockies won 14-8 on Saturday. On Sunday, the Rockies brought a 13-10 lead into the ninth inning, but Wade Davis and Jon Gray combined to allow four runs. Kirby Yates held the Rockies scoreless in the bottom half of the ninth to secure the 14-13 win for the Padres. Thanks to two wild comebacks by the Padres, they split the series.
Along with 92 runs, the Padres and Rockies combined for 131 hits of which 17 were home runs. Charlie Blackmon had four hits in the first three games and three hits on Sunday, overall going 15-for-24 with four homers and 10 RBI.