Saturday, November 17, 2007

Hank: I'll be patient--Newsday

Photo from Newsday(Bereswell), as seen at Yankee Stadium, 5/27/05.
  • Ken Davidoff's Newsday article doesn't criticize Mo's offer, as Murray Chass does in his NY Times article. Chass carries water for his beloved Allan H. "Bud" Selig. Shouldn't the players' union be crying foul? Why no complaints about $300 million offered to a different Yankee player with proven lack of ego strength to perform in the post season? Not that I like hearing about any of this in the first place. I'm only referring to press treatment of the situation.
P.S. Memo to Murray Chass: Mo's pitched in 13 post seasons, not 12, as you state. I know these details are a bother when you're so focused on the Red Sox. (He pitched in 3 games of the 1995 ALDS if that's the one you were missing). UPDATE, Saturday AM from Bill Madden & Anthony McCarron, NY Daily News noting this whole mess could soon be over:
  • "There could be a thaw in the contract negotiations between the Yankees and Mariano Rivera.

Sources familiar with both the club's and the closer's thinking said Friday there were increasing signs that Rivera will accept the Yankees' offer of $45 million over three years, perhaps as soon as this weekend."

  • (Then referencing Rivera's contract at the owners' meetings with the result he'd be unlikely to receive a similar offer from any other team):

(NY Daily News): "Rivera, who would be the highest-paid closer in baseball by far if he accepted the deal, has demanded a fourth year from the Yankees, but the team has made it clear it will not budge. Plus, the Yankees were chastised at Thursday's owners' meetings for rocking the reliever market with their offer to Rivera, perhaps making it unlikely that Rivera could go elsewhere for an extra year at the same price."

***Another reference to this one player's contract discussed among all the owners from the Journal News today:
  • "The Yankees even drew criticism at the Major League Baseball owners' meetings this week for pumping up the market for relievers.

The Mets' Billy Wagner, at $10.5 million a year, is currently the highest-paid closer."

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