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?"