And Operation Old Guys is complete. A day after the Yankees re-signed Andy Pettitte to a 1-year deal, they followed that up by officially re-signing Mariano Rivera.
Jon Heyman first reported the deal, which will be for a base salary of $10 million, $2 million less than Pettitte got. Dan Barbarisi reported that the deal does include award bonuses, with rumors of them being near $5 million. Mo will get another chance to retire on his terms.
For the Yankees, this all but completes their 2012 bullpen. They'll need a long man, but will have plenty of options for that spot. There's no guarantee that he'll be as dominant as he's always been, but based just on the numbers, you have to somewhat expect Mo will at least be good.
For the fans, this is another opportunity to watch the greatest closer in the history of baseball one more time. I promised myself if he came back I was going to make sure to go to a game next season to watch him one more time and now I have my chance. Time to start scouting the schedule...