NEW YORK - FILE: Mariano Rivera #42 of the New York Yankees delivers a pitch against the New York Mets on June 20, 2010 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City. According to reports, Rivera will have surgery on his vocal cords to have polyps removed on Friday December 2, 2011. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
Kevin Kernan from the New York Post says that New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera told him that he might announce his future before the all star break. Rivera has told reporters this off season that he already knows if he will retire or not after this season.
Rivera, the Yankees closer since 1996, said that when he retires "It would be nice that you tell the fans, so every stadium you go to, the fans will be there to show their appreciation and you appreciate the fans." He said that his announcement would be whether he retires or does not retire after 2012.
If he does retire, the Yankees will be looking for a closer for the first time in about 16 years. Some potential internal candidates could be David Robertson or Job Chamberlain, or they could look to re sign Rafael Soriano, whose contract will be up after this season.