Steinbrenner kids certainly learned one thing from their father: How to
spend money like drunken sailors at a Thai whorehouse. One day after
shelling out $52.4 million to Jorge Posada—making
him the highest-paid catcher in baseball—the Yankees are trying to make
closer Mariano Rivera the highest-paid reliever in baseball.
The Yankees offered Rivera
a three-year, $45-million deal, despite the fact that he’s coming off
the worst year of his illustrious career. “He’d be by $4 million a year
the highest-paid relief pitcher,” Hank Steinbrenner said Tuesday. “To
say that’s a strong offer would be an understatement.” To say it’s a
dumb offer would be an understatement as well. Rivera turns 38 later
this month, and is clearly on the decline.
The Hall-of-Fame closer finished the season with a 3.15 ERA in 71.1
innings of work. His ERA was 250 percent high than it was in 2005, when
he posted a 1.38 ERA, and it skyrocketed from 2006’s 1.80 ERA. Not only
that, but his innings pitched have decreased every year over the past
four seasons. He’s nowhere near the dominant pitcher he once was, and
in three years, when he’s 40, he might not even be good enough to beat
the Pawtucket Red Sox, let alone Boston.