Monday, August 15, 2011

Jorge Posada Sez He Could Play for Another Team Next Year

I was listening to much of Saturday's Yankee game live on the radio. And when Jorge Posada was 3-for-5 in the game with six RBIs (thanks in part to hitting a grand slam), after not playing for a week, I said to Squawker Jon that Jorge ought to announce his retirement right then and there after the game. After all, he is most likely never going to have another day like that in his career, so he might as well end his career on a high note, after getting a curtain call from the hometown fans. Jon said that retiring would be perceived as Posada quitting on his team.

We disagreed on that (I argued that a part-time player retiring would hardly be like the Carlos Zambrano hissy fit the other night.) But both of us would agree that 2011 will be Posada's last year. Yet today's New York Post suggests that Posada wants to play again in 2012, even if it means playing for another team.
Posada, a career-long Yankee who is celebrating his 20th year with the organization, said he would consider playing for another team once his contract is up at the end of this season.

"It could [happen]," Posada told The Post yesterday. "I don't know what's going to happen after this year. But we'll see."
Right, because MLB teams are going to be lining up to sign a 40-year-old catcher who can't throw anymore. Or maybe it's that they want him to DH with that stellar .237 BA and .700 OPS. Not to be mean, but those are the facts.

Posada was never Jason Varitek, a catcher that pitchers loved to throw to. Posada was a great catcher primarily because he was a great hitter. But he also used to be able to throw guys out as well. By the summer of 2010, that part of his game was gone for good, with opponents running wild on him. Remember when the Red Sox did a double steal on him twice in one inning?

Anyhow, I get that ballplayers are competitive, but at a certain point, a player has to realize when it's time to say goodbye. If Posada didn't have the pedigree, and the rings, and that whole Core Four connection, chances are he would have been released months ago, and sitting at home collecting the rest of the $13.1 million he is owed for 2011.

In the Post article, Jorge brings up how the New York Mets wanted to give him a five-year deal after the 2007, and he was "very close" to moving to Flushing. But he also batted .338 that season, with a .970 OPS. Big difference. At any rate, thanks to Omar Minaya being seen with Posada at Le Cirque, he got the fourth year he coveted from the Yanks, the year they didn't originally want to give him. Posada should be happy that he got that, and realize that the end is near.

I think I can safely assume that no MLB team is going to sign Posada to a major-league contract in 2012. But he might get a minor-league offer from somebody else. Is Posada really going to want to do that -- ride the buses with the kids, hoping for another shot at the big time? Come on now.

Posada has had a great career. He ought to figure this is his last year, and begin to accept that his career is nearly over. Just because he had one stellar day doesn't mean that he's a viable MLB player for 2012.

What do you think? Tell us about it!

1 comment:

Uncle Mike said...

That's it, Lisa, give Jorge up for dead again. Because every time Jorge is given up for dead, he hits. Hell, just come right out and say he IS dead. He'll probably hit 4 home runs on his 40th birthday tomorrow.

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