Joe Girardi will spend part of the coming offseason advising Mariano Rivera to reconsider his scheduled retirement the New York Yankees manager told ESPNNewYork.com.

In a wider conversation about Rivera's career Tuesday evening Girardi was asked how many more seasons he thought his former teammate could continue to close at a high level.

"I don't see any reason why he couldn't do it next year I don't" Girardi said. "He's made it pretty clear that he doesn't want to [return] but I always say you know January rolls around and sometimes you have a different feel about what you want to do."

Rivera 43 announced during spring training that his 19th season with the Yankees would be his last.

Entering Tuesday night's game with the Chicago White Sox Rivera was 4-2 with a 2.16 ERA and stood one save away from his ninth season of 40 or more.

"I'm sure I'll talk to him at some point in the offseason" Girardi said "and ... I'll tell him when the season's over 'Take a month. Take a month and a half two months and make sure this is really what you want to do. Because once you do go it's hard to come back.'"