Yankees Offseason Notes: Mariano Rivera might retire???
Good evening everyone. Game 2 of the 2012 World Series is tonight which should be very exciting. Let’s get into some headlines from Yankee Land today.
Mariano Rivera Might Retire?
— According to ESPN New York, Brian Cashman said that Mariano Rivera informed him on Tuesday whether he will return in 2013 or if he will retire from baseball as the greatest closer in history. Cashman said that Rivera and him were deep into a conversation about whether Mo would pitch his 19th season with the Yankees and that Mo would need some time to think it over.
“He wasn’t certain on what he was going to do.” Cashman told the press.
After suffering an ACL tear in May, Mariano told fans that he was returning in 2013 but now Mo has to deal with whether or not to leave his family for possibly one more time before he calls it a career. If Rivera does decide to return, contract negotiations could get a bit messy since Rivera only made $15 Million to pitch in 9 games last season. The front office would have to think of a negotiable asking price all while keeping their budget at least $189 Million to avoid luxury tax in 2014. Mariano River did the same song and dance last season during Spring Training when he said he knew whether he was going to retire or not but wasn’t going to tell anyone.
If Mariano doesn’t come back, the Yankees could sign Rafael Soriano who had 42 saves as the closer in 2012. The Yankees don’t want to picture winning another Championship without Mariano Rivera, but if he does decide to retire–that nightmare would become a reality.
CC Sabathia Has Elbow Surgery
— CC Sabathia underwent arthroscopic elbow surgery today which was performed by Dr. Andrews. Doctors removed a bone spur which they believe CC had since beforehe came to the Yankees. Sabathia is doing well and the Yankees confirm that he will be ready by the start of the 2013 season.