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Mo's Gettin' His Greedy On
Saturday, November 17, 2007
The Yanks locked down Jorgie Porgie last week and by some crazy twist of events managed to bring A-Rod back to the team, but they have hit something of a roadblock in their "bring all the 2007 dudes back so we don't have to make many (or any) substantial trades this year" plan with Mo. The Yanks made him an offer for 3 years, $45 mil, at the same time that they were making their deal with Jorgie, but he has yet to accept it. He hasn't flat-out refused it, but he is reportedly asking the Yanks to up the ante to 4 years or throw some more dough at him for a 3-year deal.

Now, I love Mo as much as any Yanks fan, and I certainly want him back on the team, but I am having a hard time buying into the idea of a 4-year contract for a 38 year old man, greatest closer of all time or not. By asking for 4 years, he is implying that he can be counted on when he is almost 42 years old, which is, in a word, insane, or, in another word, delusional. He does have a hefty amount of leverage, though, because the Yanks really don't have any alternatives. If they let Mo get away, they would be forced to use Joba as a closer, which just opens a hole in a rotation that is already mighty sparse; also, the only way they'd be able to fill the hole left by Joba would probably be to trade I-Ken and/or Hughsie, which just creates new holes! Tis a conundrum indeed. The only move the Yanks would be wise to make at this point, given the complete lack of available pitchers, is give him the money and keep the deal at 3 years. Money is something that the Steins have plenty of, so it seems that shelling out a little extra cash to avoid having to make a trade that would almost certainly necessitate the shipping off of one of their prized youngsters and also allow them to avoid being saddled with an old man in 4 years is worth the salary increase.

Of course, with whatever salary they end up giving him (assuming they do indeed agree on contract terms eventually and we don't have to see him playing for Torre wearing Dodger blue next year) we Yanks fans can steel ourselves for the inevitable "OMGZ u guyz spend sooo much money Yankees suck go Sawx!" idiocy.... Which I would still prefer to "OMGZ u guys gave an old dude a 4-year contract u always sign old dudes Yankees suck go Sawx!"

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posted by Yankees Chick @ Saturday, November 17, 2007  
  • At 4:19 PM, Blogger ajgdrums7814 said…

    Rivera should consider himself lucky that the Yankees were crazy enough to offer him what they did.

    No other team in baseball will even approach the Yankees' offer. They were bidding against themselves. If they add a 4th year, or add anymore money, I'll be pissed. Let him walk if those are his demands.

    ...and Mo is my favorite player.

    MY BLOG: http://ajgdrums7814.blogspot.com/

  • At 6:04 PM, Blogger Retire21 said…

    I like Rivera but 3 years is enough.But he is more important them Jorge and even A-Rod.Here's life without Mo.

    Think about it with Pettitte 50/50 and Joba as closer,who never had a year expirence and 50/50 in the playoffs is scary.And Now you have a rotation of Ian Kennedy,Phil Hughes,Mussina,Wang and what Karstens.And Joba not a,he barely did it good two days.A-Rod power wasn't replaceable.But if Damon,Matsui is healthy and our pitching is better we can win.

    Also the Red Sox won the World Series without half of Manny Ramirez, or Ortiz homeruns.

  • At 8:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…


    Ditto, Mo has been my favorite player on the Yanks for a decade, and I would hate to see him go, but 3 yr $45 mil is the best he'll get. They're overpaying as it is. If he wants more, let him walk. He's 38 yrs and past his prime.

  • At 2:30 PM, Blogger Retire21 said…

    Sure get Codero as a Closer see if that works.Just wait him out I wouldn't give him four years but just don't say just walk.I say that of Jorge.

  • At 9:27 AM, Anonymous Ric said…

    the yanks love to sign players and ask them to play out of position at the expense of defense and to the detriment of the team... thanks to the fear of alienating Mr. Taxcheater.

  • At 1:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Sign the dude, you must overlap. We have pissed away better money on lots worse. If he can teach a newcomer his cutter, it's worth every penny.

  • At 5:39 PM, Anonymous james said…

    "If he can teach a newcomer his cutter, it's worth every penny."

    Oh god, you're an idiot. Mo doesn't have some special knowledge of how to throw the cutter. It's not different than the cutter other pitchers throw. Any pitching coach could teach it.

    It's the player who's THROWING the pitch that matters. How long has Mo been with NY? If it could be taught he already would have. It's like asking roger clemens to teach someone how to throw 98 mph.

    As I said in the beginning, you're an idiot.

  • At 3:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Hi James,
    I guess I should have said if he could work with some of the youngsters on his cutter motion, all the better, party bonus. But you're right, semantics is not a strong suit of mine and I appreciate you pointing that out so politely.
    BTW glad he agreed to terms, or however you would like to put that politely.

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