Mariano Rivera, Derek Jeter, and Joe Girardi collectively have won 14 World Series rings. However, none of these Yankees will receive a contract extension during 2010. Yankees GM and friend of mine, Brian Cashman announced today that he will not negotiate with Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera, or Joe Girardi until the 2010 season has concluded. “I don’t think you can separate one from the other,” Cashman said.  “I am not saying they are the same, but the questions will come, ‘If you did one, why didn’t you do the other?’ If this was Kansas City, it would be different — but it’s not…”

Jeter, who is in the final year of his 10 year, $189 million contract (time really does fly), has been the face of the Yankee franchise since the 1996 World Series Championship. Jeter has a career batting average of .317, good for 6th all-time among Yankees. Jeter is the Yankees all-time hit leader with 2,747 hits. Jeter has been one of the best post season player of this era accumulating 175 hits. More recently Jeter hit .407 in this past season’s World Series. Jeter is the Yankee captain and arguably one of the top Yankees of all time (future article).

The 40-year-old Mariano Rivera, who is in the final year of his 3 year, $45 million contract, is the best post season pitcher of all time. Rivera has a career 0.74 ERA posting an 8-1 record recording, 39 saves. Rivera is as close to automatic as you’ll find in the playoffs. Rivera had 44 saves in 46 opportunities during the regular season. Rivera expressed that he wanted to play until he was 45 years old. As long as he plays at his current level, Rivera could play until he is 50.

Girardi led the Yankees to the World Series Championship last season. Girardi in the final season of his 3 year/$7.5 million contract, proved he was worthy of leading the Yankees last season.

After the season, I expect the Yankees to retain all three players.

Predictions:

Derek Jeter: 3 years, $60 million

Mariano Rivera: 2 years, $30 million

Joe Girardi: 3 years, $11 million