Now Closing for Your 2008 Boston Red Sox …

… Mariano Rivera?

If the Yankees don’t sign Mariano Rivera by April 2, they can get in line with every other major league team for the Hall of Fame lock’s closing services for the 2008 season. …

"Everybody has the same shot. The Yankees will not have an advantage. Everyone will have the same shot," Rivera said when asked about becoming a free agent.

Then this gem:

Sitting in his car outside the Yankees’ spring training facility, Rivera was asked by a New York Post reporter if he could be the Red Sox’ closer in 2008.

“You never know,” Rivera said.

For the record, I think the Yankees will sign him (and hopefully Craig Hansen or Manny Delcarmen will make the Sox possibility moot). But at what point does a disgruntled star making noises about leaving after the season and maybe going to your hated rival stop being "much ado about nada?"

15 comments… add one
  • Yankees won’t let Rivera become a free agent. They’ll offer him a nice contract right after the season, and since he really does prefer the Yankees, he’ll sign.

    Andrew February 15, 2007, 12:45 pm
  • I heard a clip of his interview on SportsCenter last night, and he was asked whether he can see himself in a Red Sox uniform. He said no. I don’t see the Yanks letting him go. If they do, Mr. Cashman should be tarred and feathered before being paraded through the Bronx. In the middle of winter.

    yankeemonkey February 15, 2007, 12:52 pm
  • I’d say barring career-ending injury, Mariano is pitching for the Yankees in 2008 and 2009. It’s February 14th. There is absolutely nothing to write about. Truly, this is much ado about nothing. The Yanks are wealthy and smart enough to do the right thing. And Mariano is doing what a lot of players do: negotiating through the media. If you distill everything he has said on the subject, it’s obvious that he wants to end his career in pinstripes.

    Nick-YF February 15, 2007, 12:57 pm
  • I am not sure how many of you live in the tri-state area and have the “privilege” (sarcastic) of listening to the Max Kellerman show and Joe Beningo’s show, but this is all they are talking about. It’s REDUNKULOUS! If Mo wants to come out and make idle threats, let him do so. Cashman was on Michael Kay and explained the deal. Yankee fans and the media need to take the “respect” factor out of the equation. This is a BUSINESS first and foremost. He signed a contract, he plays until it’s up. At that time the Yankees will give him this respect he is ranting about. The Yankees have had the luxury of not having many of these situations over their long run of success. It will be resolved, but if Mo wants to play for the Sox, see ya. No one player is more important then the hole. How does Posada feel if Cash re-ups Mo and not him, it’s not the way it should work. I hate to say this but shut up and pitch.

    Triskaidekaphobia February 15, 2007, 12:58 pm
  • I know some Yanks fans are critical of Mo for saying what he’s saying (No Maas said he was being a d*ck and Trisk thinks he should shut up and pitch) but I don’t have a problem with what Mo is doing. Trisk, you’re right. This is a business, and that means both player and management are looking out for their bottom line. Putting pressure on the front office to pony up now makes sense for a player as widely respected as Mariano is. He’s popular and Cashman and company will take a huge PR hit if he leaves. This also goes for what Schilling is doing, and what Pedro did in the past with the Sox.

    Nick-YF February 15, 2007, 1:04 pm
  • Mo doesn’t need to put pressure on anyone, he is a top 5 reliever of all time. He is pissed about Bernie and using this to prove a point. I agree with NoMaas. This is completely out of character and it’s a shame because it leaves a bad taste in peoples mouths.
    On the Schilling front, so Red Sox fan called ESPN radio a little while ago and said what the Yankees are doing is wrong, that they “Owe” him a contract and should give him whatever he wants now. Now I know he doesn’t speak for all Sox fans and he could have just as easily been a Mets fan, but those who live in glass houses….Didn’t Schilling win a WS for the Sox? Is he not owed the same thing Mo is owed respect wise? Come on this is just crazy.

    Triskaidekaphobia February 15, 2007, 1:08 pm
  • I don’t understand how you can capitalize the words THIS IS A BUSINESS and not see the irony in being critical of players who are treating it like a business. Mo and Schilling want to have guaranteed money preferably sooner than later, so they’re going through the media to put pressure on the team.
    If Mo doesn’t need to put pressure on the Yanks then why haven’t they extended him yet?

    Nick-YF February 15, 2007, 1:12 pm
  • If Mo doesn’t need to put pressure on the Yanks then why haven’t they extended him yet?
    Because they’ve seen him start his decline over the past two years with health and ability, and see no reason (that makes sense anyhow) in locking up what could be a very potential problem out of “respect” for him. If they Yanks sign him, and he only gets worse or spends the entire time on the DL this year, then who get’s blamed? Cashman and the Yankees, that’s who. It’s not a good business move to sign him now. I say the same things about Schilling and whomever else demands money before performance.
    Nick is right, it’s a business, and teams should treat it that way. We’re biased because we love the players so much, but in reality, they are in search of more money, and Mo has been under-appreicated (by comparison of the players around him) for quite some time. He has every right to demand, and the Yanks have every right to refuse.
    On another note, I never,ever want to see Mo in a Sox uni. It would feel the same as the first time I saw Boggs in stripes. Not natural and kind of hurt my eyes.

    Brad February 15, 2007, 1:23 pm
  • Because legends don’t need to justify an extension. Players of their caliber know that teams will give them what they want. The Sox will pony up and so will the Yankees. Going through the media creates a distraction that is uncharacteristic of the Yankees, unless your name is Sheffield. Come on if we as fans don’t know that without Mo we wouldn’t have won jack, then we need our heads examined. We don’t need Mo to tell us. Do you think Joe DiMaggio would have threatened to play for the another team? How about Jeter? It’s a stupid move.

    Triskaidekaphobia February 15, 2007, 1:24 pm
  • It’s so that if Mo gets injured during the season, the Yanks will stay pay for him – just significantly less..

    Lar February 15, 2007, 1:25 pm
  • Mariano wants an extension now. The Yanks don’t want to talk about that now. This is a case of a legend not getting what he wants.

    Nick-YF February 15, 2007, 1:31 pm
  • Ex Yankees Playes and coaches who pitch for the Redsox
    Joe McCarthy -Ex Yankees Manager who manager the Redsox
    Elston Howard – The First black guy who plays for the Yankees, later was traded to play for the Redsox.
    Mike Torres – Ex Yankees Pitcher, signs a free agent with the Redsox. He gave up a homerun to Bucky “Great” Dent :)
    Is it possible Curt Schilling might pitch for the yankees in 08? “You never know”

    LostKitty February 15, 2007, 3:13 pm
  • * plays = substite for pitch

    LostKitty February 15, 2007, 3:14 pm
  • Curt Schilling might pitch for the yankees in 08?
    Well, somebody has to tudor Hughes into a real pitcher and man! I mean, who else can teach the kid how to treat the press? oh, nevermind. I forgot about Damon. Still, he’s going to need a mentor to turn to on the mound. Just look at Papelbon.
    I kid.

    Brad February 15, 2007, 3:25 pm
  • “I’m going to focus on this season, and at the end of the year we will see what happens,” Rivera said. “The Yankees know me, and the Yankees know what I want to do. I want to remain a Yankee.” MO

    Triskaidekaphobia February 15, 2007, 4:32 pm

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