New York Yankees Closer Mariano Rivera Now Having Second Thoughts
New York Yankees closing pitcher Mariano Rivera is now having second thoughts about possibly returning for the 2013 season. This comes a few months after Rivera adamantly proclaimed that he would return to the Yankees for the 2013 campaign in the wake of his season ending ACL injury in early May.
Just one day after Rivera tore his ACL shagging fly balls in the outfield prior to the Yankees taking on the Kansas City Royals, Rivera exclaimed “I’m coming back. Put it down. Write it down in big letters. I ain’t going down like this”.
Now according to sources close to the situation Rivera is not as sure about returning to the hill next season as he once was just five months ago but has yet to inform the Yankees on his decision. Rivera is about to turn 43 on November 29 and for the past few season has gone through an inner tug of war on whether to return for another season in pinstripes or not.
Rivera is also a free agent which means that even though it is highly unlikely that he would ever suit up for another team a deal will still have to be agreed upon between him and the Yankees. Rivera is coming off of a two-year, $30 million contract that was signed in the offseason prior to the 2011 campaign in which many felt would be his final deal with the club.
Rivera is without question the greatest closer in MLB history with his record 608 saves and is also one of the greatest players to ever don a Yankee uniform in team history. If the Yankees had it their way he would without question return next season for his 18th season in the Bronx.