|Hot Stove: Yankees’ Mariano Rivera says 2012 might be his last season||11.23.11 at 7:34 am ET|
Yankees closer Mariano Rivera, who is awaiting a second opinion about having surgery on his vocal chords, speculated that next season could be his last in the major leagues. The soon-to-be 42-year-old is entering the final year of his contract.
“I don’t know what will happen,” he told the New York Post. “I have one year left. I might call it over. I will know more in spring training.”
Rivera has been dealing with a condition that has affected his voice, and he is considering surgery to see if the problem can be fixed.
“Every time I talk it gets worse and worse,” he said.
Rivera also was asked about Jonathan Papelbon leaving the Red Sox to sign a four-year, $50 million deal with the Phillies.
“I have no reaction — that’s the market and he took advantage of it,” said Rivera, who is playing under a two-year, $30 million deal. “He is a good kid, he means well. He is a hard worker. I wish him the best.”
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