Poll: Jorge Posada’s Future

The Yankees season came to an end on Thursday night, and along with it may have come the end of Jorge Posada‘s career. Posada’s four-year, $52.4MM contract expires after the season, and so far the only team he’s ever played for has shown little interest in re-signing him.

Although he hit a career worst .235/.315/.398 with 14 homers in 2011, Posada was the team’s best hitter in the postseason, when he picked up six hits and four walks in the five games against the Tigers (.429/.570/571). He was in the lineup all five games because Detroit used four right-handed starters, and the switch-hitter actually handled righties very well this year (.269/.348/.466). It was lefties that gave him trouble (.092/.169/.108).

Despite seeing his playing time dwindle throughout the summer, Posada said in August that he wants to keep playing beyond this year. The Yankees used him almost exclusively at DH this summer, in part because his defensive skills behind the plate have eroded, but also because of long-term concerns about head injuries. Posada did appear in 14 games at first base in 2011 (eleven starts).

As always, the free agent market is flooded with one-dimensional DH types. Posada’s pedigree is on par with anyone’s, but teams have been shying away from overpaying for name value in recent years. His market may not be as robust as he may like, and may even be non-existent.


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34 Comments on "Poll: Jorge Posada’s Future"


Guest
3 years 8 months ago

I think he’s going to retire.  Hard to see him wearing any other uniform, as I’m sure he feels too.  Plus with Martin and Montero behind the dish, he’s an odd man out.

Guest
3 years 8 months ago

If he’s smart he’ll retire. The Yankees already kept him longer than anyone else would have and he really needs to look in the mirror and honestly assess his future. I don’t know him so whether he coaches, manages, does TV or goes off to join Bernie Williams band I have no idea. It is better however to go gracefully than be embarrassed out after a month anywhere next year.

Guest
3 years 8 months ago

I think if a team offers him a job he takes it.

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0bsessions
3 years 8 months ago

I see him with another team unless he’s willing to take a massive paycut (We’re talking less than Martin’s making). For all the talk about him being a classy guy I’ve seen lately, he spent the first half of the season being a malcontent as opposed to taking responsibility for his own decline. Seems like he’ll be more interested in continuing on than actually preserving his reputation.

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Baseballfan83
3 years 8 months ago

Even if he takes a massive pay cut I don’t see the Yankees having him back. They will likely carry 3 catchers next year and have Montero DH so there is no roster spot for Posada and his complaining. Even is Montero is traded for pitching it would seem more likely that the DH would be used to as a way to give rest to A-rod and Tex or maybe another bat they bring in.  

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3 years 8 months ago

I agree.   Plus, the Yanks organization does not handle losing very well with the expectations that are on them to advance in the post season every year.   They will need to show that changes are being made, and Posada is an easy one that is very apparent because of his large profile.   They’ll probably let all their free agents walk, with the exception of Sabathia and probably Swisher.   Change will be the buzz word around the Yanks front office. 

Guest
3 years 8 months ago

If anyone should walk it should be Sabathia! Great pitcher but he becomes exhausted, fatigued and careless after 3-4 innings. This may be due to his excessive weight gain, who knows? Posadas career is over. I think we all know that. BUT it doesn’t give us the right to degrade him over some complaining. He’s played well over the past 15 yrs NO COMPLAINTS THERE? SEVERAL WORLD SREIES, NO COMPLAINTS THERE? Now one who IS a complainer would be A Rod. How about we talk about how he was soooooo effective when he was on steroids but can no longer produce. 

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Steven D
3 years 8 months ago

Are you on drugs? That made no sense. 

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jjs91
3 years 8 months ago

what do you think the word complainer means? Btw arods two best offensive seasons were in 05, and 07, well after after testing.

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YanksFanSince78
3 years 8 months ago

Just curious. Why do ppl act as if Tex is an old guy in need of rest at DH? He’s only 32 in April.

i do agree that the Yanks will have Montero and Martin split C duties with Montero DH more than C and Cervelli as the back up.

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n0s
3 years 8 months ago

I will never blame an athlete for becoming upset when he has to face the facts about his career.  Guys like Posada can’t remember anything other than being a baseball player and a damn good one at that.  Seeing your skills deteriorate before your eyes and losing your identity is hard to deal with.

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Giants 27
3 years 8 months ago

I hope he retires, but most importantly, I hope the Yankees aren’t dumb enough to offer him a new contract.