NEW YORK (AP) -Mariano Rivera isn't happy that Joe Torre might be out as manager of the New York Yankees and said the team's decision will be factored into whether he returns.
``I don't feel good about it,'' Rivera said Wednesday, two days after the Yankees were eliminated from the playoffs. ``I don't see why they're even thinking (about letting Torre go). I wish he's back, definitely. If you ask me what I would want, I want him back.''
Rivera's contract also is expiring and he is eligible to become a free agent. He said whether Torre returns will help determine whether he remains with the Yankees.
``It might do a lot of it,'' he said. ``I mean, I've been with Joe for so many years, and the kind of person he has been for me and for my teammates. It's been great. The thing is that I don't see why they have to put him in this position.''
Rivera, who turns 38 next month, plans to speak with Torre soon. The pitcher, regarded by many as baseball's greatest closer, wanted to negotiate an extension during spring training, but the Yankees decided to delay talks until after the season. He made $10.5 million.
``I'm going to be open to hear all offers,'' said Rivera, who wants a multiyear contract. ``The Yankees had the opportunity but didn't do nothing with it.''
Asked if the Yankees would be his first choice regardless of the decision on Torre, he responded: ``Right now, I can't tell you that.''

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