Via Andrew Marchand:
"Cashman told ESPN New York that on Tuesday he and Rivera had a conversation in which Rivera said he does not know yet if he will return for a 19th season.
'He wasn't certain on what he is going to do,' Cashman said."
Alright, who changed the program on RoboMo to let it think it could actually retire? Not cool, guys. Not cool.
At first I thought this was just another classic exercise of Marchand pot stirring for pageviews, but the quote directly from Cash does make this a little more legitimate. That being said, I wouldn't get too concerned yet until we hear something directly from Mo's mouth. He's had this three-act offseason play after the last few seasons where he's up in the air on whether he wants to keep playing. Act 1 is the uncertainty and desire to stay home and spend more time with his family, act 2 is the actual spending of time with said family, and act 3 is Mo getting the itch to pitch again and coming back. Rinse, repeat.
Besides, what the hell is he really going to do at home with his family with all that extra free time? There's nobody at his home who he can teach the cutter to. Don't worry about the G.O.A.T. My money's still on him coming back.