Buster Olney spoke with Mariano Rivera yesterday. In the non-paywalled portion of his column, Olney explains Rivera’s reasoning for retiring now, even if he’s still at the top of his game.
What interests me the most is this comment, though, making it abundantly clear that he is not pitching after 2013:
“I don’t care if I get 100 saves,” he said. “I don’t care if they offer me $50 million. That’s it.”
How much you wanna bet, though, that a New York columnist still tries to squeeze out a “could Mariano come back?” thing before the season is out?
Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Marlins, Mets, and Yankees have had discussions about a three-team trade in which Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto would go to the Mets. It’s not known which other players were discussed in the deal, but Rosenthal notes that the Mets wouldn’t be willing to part with Noah Syndergaard if they are only getting Realmuto in return.
Realmuto, 27, was the best offensive catcher in baseball in 2018, batting .277/.340/.484 with 21 home runs and 74 RBI in 531 plate appearances. He has two more years of team control remaining until he becomes eligible for free agency, adding to his value.
The Mets’ catching corps currently includes Kevin Plawecki and Travis d'Arnaud, so Realmuto would be a significant upgrade. Such a trade would be the club’s second big splash of the offseason as the Mets finalized a trade to acquire second baseman Robinson Canó and closer Edwin Díaz from the Mariners earlier this month.
Interestingly, the Mets and Yankees haven’t made a deal involving major league players since December 2004, when the two sides swapped pitchers Mike Stanton and Félix Heredia, Rosenthal points out.