"Rivera’s contract also is expiring and he is eligible to become a
free agent. He said whether Torre returns will help determine whether
he remains with the Yankees.
"It might do a lot of it," he
said. "I mean, I’ve been with Joe for so many years, and the kind of
person he has been for me and for my teammates. It’s been great. The
thing is that I don’t see why they have to put him in this position." (Itals mine)
There is a part of me that agrees with Mariano. It’s sh*tty to make Torre twist in the wind like this. The same thing happened last year. But then you have to wonder about why Joe keeps coming back. I’m not trying to be mean here, but Joe can leave if he wants.
Still, the bigger story here is that Torre’s possible departure might have a big effect on the Yanks’ ability to re-sign free agents. Mo says he might not return if Joe goes. Posada was crying after Game 4. In fact, every player on record wants Joe back.
If Joe goes…