MLB Notebook: Yankees set to give big deal to Rivera
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Mariano Rivera was offered a $45 million, three-year contract to stay with the New York Yankees. Now, the team is waiting to hear back from its closer.
"He'd be by $4 million a year the highest-paid relief pitcher," Yankees senior vice president Hank Steinbrenner said Tuesday. "To say that's a strong offer would be an understatement."
Rivera was allowed to start discussing money with other teams yesterday.
"The ball's in their court," Steinbrenner said. "If they still want to look for more somewhere else, that's up to them."
Rivera's agent, Fernando Cuza, did not return telephone messages.
Mets closer Billy Wagner is the highest-paid reliever, averaging $10.75 million during his $43 million, four-year contract.
John Allen, who ran the Cincinnati Reds after former owner Marge Schott was suspended in the 1990s, resigned as the team's chief operating officer.
Outfielder Craig Monroe was acquired from the Chicago Cubs for a player to be named later. Minnesota is seeking outfield help, a need that may grow if free-agent center fielder Torii Hunter signs with another team.
The Nationals will play the Baltimore Orioles in an exhibition game March 29 to test out Washington's new ballpark. Tickets won't be sold for that game. Instead, people who own season-ticket packages will be able to attend for free; other tickets will be given away.
The Kansas City Royals sent pitcher Danny Christensen to Detroit to complete a July 13 trade that brought right-hander Roman Colon to Kansas City.
First Published November 14, 2007 12:00 am