Mariano Rivera and the Yankees are inching toward a one-year, $10 million (plus incentives) deal that will likely be finished Friday and return baseball's all-time saves leader to The Bronx. While Rivera is coming through one door, Russell Martin is exiting another. Rivera's deal is contingent on him passing a physical after his 2012 season ended May 5 due to a torn right ACL and consisted of nine games. Martin is coming off a strange season. The 21 homers were a career high and the .211 batting average was the worst of his career. The signing of Rivera, 43, added to Hiroki Kuroda ($15 million) and Andy Pettitte ($12 million) returning doesn't end the Yankees hunt for arms. According to a source they aren't done restructuring the staff and could be in the chase for bullpen help. Of course, the question facing the Yankees is if not Martin behind the plate, who catches? Free agents A.J. Pierzynksi, 36 is older than Martin (30 in February) and Napoli, not a full-time catcher and below-average defensively when he does, don't fit. That leaves Francisco Cervelli and Austin Romine as potential No. 1 catchers and each has issues.
Yankees expected to re-sign Rivera by Friday
New York Post | Nov 29