Tyler Kepner writes about Mike Mussina and Jaret Wright today in the Times:
Mussina, who turns 38 next month, has known that the Yankees will not pick up his $17 million option. But he wants to stay and the team wants him back. Arn Tellem, Mussina's agent, said in an e-mail message that he has had positive talks with the Yankees, but he added that the sides had just started the process.
The Yankees would like to re-sign Mussina for two years, and they seem to understand it would take more than $10 million a year to sign him.
Wright would cost the Yanks $7 million next year but they can buy him out for $4 million.
Meanwhile, Mariano Rivera has some words of encouragement for Alex Rodriguez:
"They didn't give the guy a break. New York, the town," Rivera said of Alex Rodriguez. "He's done a good job. If you ask me who has hit in the playoffs, I am going to say two or three guys. Alex is one guy, he is not the team. You can't win with that on one guy. A team is 25 guys."
..."It's not up to me whether he is here or not or whether the Yankees want him here or not," Rivera said. "He wanted to be a part of the team, part of a winning team. He's done everything. He works so hard, it's amazing.