Saturday, November 3, 2012

Mariano Rivera will be back in 2013

Although he missed the majority of the 2012 season with a torn ACL, closer Mariano Rivera has told the Yankees that he wants to come back in 2013, according to George A. King III of the New York Post.

Rivera contacted us and wants to play,” [Yankees general manager Brian] Cashman told The Post.

Excluding his rookie season (1995) when he all 10 of his career starts, Rivera has had a sub-3.00 ERA every year except 2007 (3.15).  From 2003 to 2011, that 2007 season was actually his only season where he did not finish with a sub-2.00 ERA.

More impressively, Rivera has a career 0.70 ERA over 141 innings in the postseason.

The only thing standing in the way of the all-time saves leader (608) closing games in the Bronx in 2013 is a one-year deal as Rivera is currently a free agent.