Other than the back and forth bickering about Derek Jeter through media outlets, the New York Yankees had been fairly quiet this offseason. Sure, they have been talking with free agent right-hander Cliff Lee, but we all expected that.
Outside of those topics, the Yankees remained quiet, until now. The hot stove is official heating up in New York.
According to reports, Jeter and the Yankees have met once again and are finally moving closer to a deal. Jeter and his agent have lowered their asking price while the Yankees have increased their offer. The team now awaits the shortstop's response to their latest offer. The Yankees still appear reluctant to guarantee a fourth year in the contract however.
Another Yankee legend, closer Mariano Rivera, is apparently close to re-signing with the team. All reports sound as if Rivera and the Yankees are ready to sign a two-year contract worth $30 million. Rivera is still the best closer in baseball and the has been the anchor of the Yankees bullpen for years.
While it was never a question whether Rivera would return, the Red Sox and Angels both showed interest in the veteran closer.
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