I’m expecting to hear the disappointing news that Jorge Posada will play baseball for another team next season any day now.
As much as I’d love for Jorge to retire forever being a member of the New York Yankees, the fact that he hasn’t announced his retirement might mean that he still wants to play. Posada’s agent is probably trying to gauge the interest of other baseball teams to see if he can get his client a decent contract that will guarantee him some playing time, which is simply not an option with the Yankees, even if they do end up trading Jesus Montero. Brian Cashman and Joe Girardi clearly see a declining Posada and have not even faked a real interest in bringing him back, something that must be breaking the emotional Posada’s heart.
Rumors have the Tampa Bay Rays in the running for Posada’s services. It makes sense for them as the budget-constrained Rays wouldn’t have to pay him a lot of money and can slot him into the designated hitter spot on a full or part-time basis. Posada would bring a lot of fire and leadership to a playoff-worthy ballclub that could use some help getting over the hump. And as Posada showed the baseball world in the 2011 playoffs, he still has some life left in that bat, despite the Yankees thinking otherwise.
Posada has earned the right to go out on his own terms. I just wish his terms were to only ever play professional baseball in a Yankees uniform.