Mariano Rivera is the greatest reliever of all time, there’s no question about that, but he has got brass balls with his latest contract demands. The soon-to-be 41-year-old Mo is seeking a deal for two years worth $36 million. The Yanks, obviously, only want to give him a one-year deal due to his age.
He has made $15 million in each of the past three season and definitely deserves a raise with the numbers he’s put up over that span, but how long can he keep up this production? We’ve never seen a (clean) pitcher pitch well into his early 40′s but then again we’ve never seen a pitcher do what Mo’s done over the course of his career.
I’m torn on this because I think if Mo feels disrespected with a one-year offer he will walk away from the game, and I’d rather they overpay Mo for two years than not have anymore Mo while the team (possibly) burns a bridge with The Greatest Ever.
So I ask you, readers, what should the Yanks should do about Mo?