Rivera: 'There's too much between the teams'

Updated: February 25, 2007, 11:34 AM ET
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You can cross one team off of Mariano Rivera's wish list if he leaves the Yankees after this season.

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The Yankees' legendary closer told The New York Times that he won't sign with the Bronx Bombers' archrivals, the Boston Red Sox.

"I respect the players and I respect the organization, but we've had so much happen between us. I don't think I could do it," Rivera told The Times.

Rivera said the rivalry between the two teams is too fierce for him to think about switching sides.

"There's too much between the teams," Rivera told The Times. "I like some of their players. They're my friends. I just don't think it would be possible."

Rivera, who has been grandstanding for a contract extension this spring, earlier said that if the Yankees allow him to file for free agency, New York will have no advantage in re-signing him.

General manager Brian Cashman said he told Rivera that his preference is to wait until after the season to negotiate an extension.