Pedro Curt Mariano Demands ‘Respect’

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Uh oh, Yankee fans. Mariano Rivera seems to have been taking lessons from a pair of Red Sox superstars:

"I definitely want to finish my career here, but if they don’t give me the respect I deserve, I have to move on," Rivera said. Asked if he felt he wasn’t being given that respect, Rivera responded, "The Yankees always give me the respect. When it comes to these times (contracts ending), I don’t like to talk about it. It’s a business.

"If they have somebody who will do the job better than I do, they will do it. I don’t worry about those things. When the time comes, if they want me back, they want me back. Otherwise, I am not going to sit in my house crying. I have to move on. I would definitely love to be a Yankee and finish as a Yankee, but I only have one more year for that."

Apparently the Yanks want to wait to see if Rivera can make it through this year healthy. Next thing you know, Mo will make Scott Boras his agent. Over/under on the first "Mo Money" hed from the tabs — 2 days.

19 comments… add one
  • Mo Money, Mo Money, Mo Money! Whatever Mo wants.
    We are not worthy.

    john massengale February 13, 2007, 4:24 pm
  • Even Brian Cashman isn’t this damn stupid. If Mo wants the world, give it to him. He is by far the most important single component of any Yankee team in ten years, and should be considered to be equally as important for the next few years. Even when he loses a step or two, which he has, he’s still as good as anyone else. I love his attitude though. He knows what he’s worth, and he’s going to demand it.

    Brad February 13, 2007, 4:28 pm
  • Nice job Paul, I was wondering when this topic would arrive.
    I don’t think there is anything to worry about. Both sides need to treat this as a business matter, rather then a family matter and that’s what they are doing . The Yankees aren’t going to let Mo or Jorge walk. But you certainly can’t blame them for holding their ground and doing this the business way. I know that comes off as cold and trust me it stinks for me because I love Jorge and Mariano, but this is how it has to be done.

    Triskaidekaphobia February 13, 2007, 4:44 pm
  • Much ado about nada. If he pitches, he’ll get paid.

    YF February 13, 2007, 4:44 pm
  • Of course, much ado about nada when a pinstriper whines demands “respect”. I recall plenty of noise about Pedro, though. And Curt a couple of weeks ago, too.
    As for the reality of the situation, what’s stopping the Yankees from tacking a couple of years onto the deal? Mariano has nothing to prove, either performance-wise or health-wise. The “if he pitches” that YF cites shouldn’t even be a factor here. Rivera is one of a few players around the league who deserves to name his price, so to speak. Despite his age, Rivera has continued to be brilliant. He’s turning 37. Even if he regresses he’s probably still a top 5 closer. The Yankees have no reason to play hardball here, and I don’t imagine they will. I wonder why Rivera, a stoic, classy guy, had the urge to play the “respect” card. Is he getting information from his agent? Are the Yankees refusing to move on their “wait and see” line? Rivera shouldn’t have to wait any length of time before being extended. His situation is not comparable to Schilling, who is both over 40 and becoming a lesser pitcher. Rivera is still great. The Yankees should pay him, and soon. My bet is they will.

    SF February 13, 2007, 5:04 pm
  • They’ll pay him. Cash is not that stupid and this isn’t a Bernie type situation. We’re talking about one of the key lynchpins for Yankee success in 2007 and beyond. His 2006 line of WHIP/0.96 BAA/.223 ERA/1.80 and 34SV , while not one of his best was still among the elite, and even if he does show some decline in the next couple of years it is not going to be drastic. Mo will most likely be paid pretty handsomely for 2008-2009.

    bloodyank78 February 13, 2007, 5:14 pm
  • I hate the Respect Card. Negotiation is a pretty standard business tactic in which one side presents a number lower than what that side actually believes the service or commodity is worth. It has nothing to do with respect, and I’m about sick of players from any and all teams talking about how disrespected they feel that a team didn’t abandon common-sensical business practices just for them. (Although arguably the Sox did that for Jason Varitek).

    Paul SF February 13, 2007, 5:19 pm
  • The respect comment seems to be aimed at how the org “treated” Bernie. He is sticking up for the little people. That and he thinks he should be paid more than gil meche right now.

    Seth February 13, 2007, 5:31 pm
  • I’m guessing that Mo and his agent spoke about the fact that if Zambrano is a free agent next season, along with others, Mo may very well have a tougher time of getting the years and money he wants. He has a better chance of getting them to pony up a 4 year 40+ mil a year now than after they’ve spent 135 mil + on Zambrano.
    Of course, I’m not sure in what context this question was asked. Probably in terms of Bernie’s situation. Mariano is probably just explaining the obvious, that he can get ALOT of money from any number of teams.

    walein February 13, 2007, 6:05 pm
  • Correct me if I’m wrong, but wasn’t it New York’s idea not to talk to him before the season starts? It’s not Mo’s responsibility to go to them seeking employment…he’s slightly above that at this point, I’d say, and I don’t think that’s how it works in baseball anyway. I wouldn’t even count this as playing the respect card yet, since he said the Yanks always treat him fairly and that the only way he’d leave later is if they dissed him…he’ll probably ask for an incredibly large sum of money, and he’ll probably get it. This is, as YF said, much ado about nothing. Which sucks, because I’d love to see him go. :)
    That said, if New York lets him reach the point where he can talk to other teams…would anyone be surprised if, say, Texas, Philly, (hello again, Mr. Gordon) or the Cubs (if they aren’t broke) threw a 4/$50MM or $60MM type deal his way? Because I wouldn’t…

    desturbd1 February 13, 2007, 6:10 pm
  • Now closing for your 2008 Boston Red Sox … Mariano Rivera!

    asdf February 13, 2007, 8:19 pm
  • I would totally eat my 2004 souvenir hat if that came to pass.
    This is much ado about nothing, as others have said, although I am a little surprised to hear this kind of thing coming from Rivera. Seems a bit out of his character.

    mouse - SF February 13, 2007, 8:57 pm
  • Listen, at the end of the year, the Yankees will just put him in the closet, take out his batteries, and let him sleep peacefully out his days until his joints rust and his motherboards short circut. At which time, they will just build an adequate replacement!
    ha.

    Brad February 13, 2007, 9:35 pm
  • Now Pitching for the Yankees for 2008 is Curt Schillin. :) Same Deal…

    KilltheParrot February 13, 2007, 9:36 pm
  • “Everybody’s in their final years, it seems like,” Posada said. “We’ll just go out there and play, really. We have a year left. We really don’t have to talk about it until the offseason.” -Jorge
    “It could happen with anybody,” Posada said. “You hope that it won’t happen to you, or to Mariano, or to anybody, but it just happens. That’s the way baseball is. You’ve got to produce and do the things that keep you coming back.”-Jorge
    “It’s just a matter of time,” Posada said. “Obviously, we’re going to get it done. It’s up to [general manager Brian] Cashman and Mo. Mariano’s going to be here forever.” -Jorge
    “Mo knows how we feel about him. We care a great deal about him. He’s been a great Yankee,” Cashman said Tuesday. “Obviously there’s a contract in place that we worked out a while before. Let me talk to him first. In theory I would always prefer to wait. Right now I want to concentrate on ’07 and worry about ’08 at another time. When that time will be, that would be between me and Mo.”
    Goodnight Yankee fans, no need to lose any sleep.

    Triskaidekaphobia February 13, 2007, 11:36 pm
  • how funny would it be if opening the 2008 season you had catching: posada, 3b: arod, closing: mo, and manager: torre, all for the red sox…part of me would like to see that

    dc February 13, 2007, 11:58 pm
  • Red Sox have absolutely no need for Posada or Torre. But I’ll gladly take A-Rod! Okay, time to slit my own throat.

    Brad February 14, 2007, 12:34 am
  • The Yankees will sign Posada and Mo, obviously. BUT, I like the way Cash is doing this. I love Jorge and Mo, but at the same time, I love the Yankees as a collective unit more. Mo’s slipped a bit the past few years, I’m not downplaying his importance, but he has slipped. If they extend now and his arm blows out for next year, where would we be?
    I also think the Yankees are waiting to make a splash next year by signing Zambrano, and I do believe that K-Rod is free next year as well. Either way I do see the Yankees signing both players because they’re both VERY hard to come by (switch hitting catcher with consistent power, possibly the greatest closer of all time).

    Chris February 14, 2007, 1:15 am
  • Chris, I’m almost certain that K-Rod is not available until after 2008. Joe Nathan will be a FA, if he reaches that point, and it’ll be interesting to see what level of interest there is in Gagne if he has at least a moderately successful season. Dotel will also be a FA after 2007.

    QuoSF February 14, 2007, 1:35 am

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