Forecast: Hurricane George

George Steinbrenner, just as jolly as can be, can add Mariano Rivera to the list of VIPs he could lose this winter.

Rivera has made it clear that he's not happy about the possibility of Joe Torre being ousted from the New York Yankees' manager position, as referred to by The Boss prior to the club's first-round elimination at the hands of the Cleveland Indians on Monday.

With free agency looming in the veteran closer's career, he says the team's choice regarding the management to return to the team. He says he wants Torre back so he can stay with the only club he's ever been with.

"I'm an optimist, so hopefully nothing happens and he stays here," Rivera said.
After making a little over $10 million this season, Rivera is looking for a multi-year contract, something the Yankees had the opportunity to give him this Spring, but refused to discuss until after the season.

Sarah's favorite backstop, Jorge Posada is also eligible to become a free agent, along with superstar third baseman Alex Rodriguez, who could opt out of his (record) $252 million, 10-year contract to find a different deal. Let's not forget the Yanks' $16 million options for starter Andy Pettitte and right fielder Bobby Abreu, as well.

The real question the organization has to answer is if they would rather have a young blood or future Hall of Famer as their closer.

Even though Rivera ranks third on the career list with 443 saves, Joba Chamberlain shows promise and a Yankeesque presence on the hill.

[New York Times] | [The Captain] | [River Ave. Blues] | [MLB Trade Rumors]


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This offseason is going to be a painful one.

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