TAMPA, Fla. -- Mariano Rivera wants to remain in pinstripes for a few more years.
Rivera, the Yankees' career saves leader, is in the final season of a
$39.99 million, four-year contract agreed to in February 2001.
"We haven't talked yet," Rivera said Monday after working out
at the Yankees' minor league complex. "I think we can get to an
agreement on an extension. I want to remain a Yankee."
Rivera, 34, is coming off another stellar season, going 5-2 with
a career-low 1.66 ERA. He had 40 saves in 46 chances, increasing
his career total to 283 -- and he missed the first 25 games because
of a groin injury.
"I feel real good," said Rivera, who has been taking part in
pre-spring training workouts since early January. "Everything is
good. I'm trying to get ready and stay healthy. That's the key."
Rivera was voted MVP of last season's AL Championship Series,
saving two games and picking up the win in a Game 7 victory over
the Boston Red Sox. He has been part of four World Series and six AL pennant winners since 1996.
"This year we have a great team," Rivera said. "As long as we
have a good team to compete, that's the best thing."