Jorge Posada Drawing Interest

3:34pm: The Rays' interest in Posada isn't strong, says Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times. According to Topkin, Posada figures to be, at best, among the club's fallback options if other moves don't go as planned.

11:38am: Recently, we learned that Jorge Posada would like to continue playing in 2012 if he can find the right situation.  There appears to be interest in the veteran as the Rays, Orioles, and Phillies have inquired on Posada, the catcher's father told Javier Maymi of ESPNDeportes.com (Spanish link). 

Sources told Maymi that the Rays are interested in exploring the possibility of signing Posada as a reserve first baseman, designated hitter, and backup to Jose Molina.  The Rays already have Jose Lobaton and Robinson Chirinos to support Molina and even though both catchers suffered injuries over the winter, they are expected to be fine heading into Spring Training.

The Phillies would also be a curious fit for Posada with Jim Thome already providing a power bat against right-handed pitching.  As for the Orioles, they reportedly didn't have much interest in Posada a month ago as they were seeking someone who could catch every day if necessary.


73 Responses to Jorge Posada Drawing Interest Leave a Reply

  1. Encarnacion's Parrot 4 years ago

    It’s kinda weird hearing about a team looking for a backup catcher for a backup catcher (Molina).

    • grownice 4 years ago

       If that doesn’t spell retirement , nothing will.

      • MikhelB 4 years ago

        Well, José Molina was once the bench of the bench of the catcher with the NYY a few years ago, and he is still going, same for Barajas with a variety of teams.

        • Ian_Smell 4 years ago

          Wow, your comment just reminded me that the Pirates signed Barajas. I had completely forgotten.

    • johnsilver 4 years ago

      Funny stuff there. Next they will be looking at Varitek.. Thereby going for a trifecta of reserve catchers, 2 of which are non suited to ever be behind the dish again.

    • MikhelB 4 years ago

      Yeah… The Yankees have had three catchers for a few years in a row now, and they’re not the only team.

    • Pawapuro 4 years ago

      Catchception?

      (It’s lame, I know…)

  2. Mo_GOAT 4 years ago

    Posada not being in pinstripes just isn’t right.

    • Guest 4 years ago

      His fault for not retiring… because him continuing to play there just isn’t right.

      • Mo_GOAT 4 years ago

        Your right, he should have retired, he would’ve had a guaranteed spot in the yankees organization if he wanted it.

  3. The Phillies? I could have seen them having interest before they signed Thome but now? No way he’s a fit.

  4. Grant 4 years ago

    Posada can give the Rays the inside on Yankee pitching, specifically Sabathia!

  5. didn’t molina use to backup posada?

  6. diesel2410 4 years ago

    An inside source told me that Posada would only accept a contract with the Marlins or he’s retiring 

  7. YanksFanSince78 4 years ago

    I was hoping he would retire but I can’t find it in myself to be at a player who just wants to play for the sake of playing. Good luck Jorge. Don’t embarrass yourself though.

  8. rikersbeard 4 years ago

    Jays send JPA/D’arnaud, Alvarez, Syndergaard, and Cooper 
    Rays send D. Price to the Jays. 

    Would be awesome. 

    • Fred_G_Sanford 4 years ago

      that’s awful!  i just crapped my adult diaper after reading that garbage.

    • cyberboo 4 years ago

      Everyone is celebrating Christmas and you are putting up things for April Fool’s Day.  You have the wrong day in mind.  lol.  

    • Silence 4 years ago

      Why would you trade D’arnaud? He’s a future star, I still kick the Phillies for getting rid of him.

      • Lunchbox45 4 years ago

        lol yah cuz thats the shocking aspect of the trade.

    • Silence 4 years ago

      Why would you trade D’arnaud? He’s a future star, I still kick the Phillies for getting rid of him.

  9. monkeyking42 4 years ago

    Dad’s trying to drum up interest.  None of these make much sense.

  10. so which team is most likely to tolerate posada throwing his usual hissy fits?

    • johnsilver 4 years ago

      He played for them the last decade or so and they don’t seem to need a backup catcher who cannot throw, plus struggled mightily at the plate last year.

      This story has the smell of something put out there to invent interest in someone nobody wants by Posada himself.

    • YanksFanSince78 4 years ago

      Am I the only one? Do you not recognize the difference between Posada, a lifetime Yankee being upset because he lost his job vs him now having to search for a part time gig elsewhere? POSADA WILL GO INTO HIS NEXT JOB KNOWING HE ISN’T A STARTER. I see absolutely no reason why he would sign on to a team knowing he won’t be the starter and still have a hissy fit. I’m sure that will be spelled out to him clearly by whoever offers him a contract.

    • YanksFanSince78 4 years ago

      Am I the only one? Do you not recognize the difference between Posada, a lifetime Yankee being upset because he lost his job vs him now having to search for a part time gig elsewhere? POSADA WILL GO INTO HIS NEXT JOB KNOWING HE ISN’T A STARTER. I see absolutely no reason why he would sign on to a team knowing he won’t be the starter and still have a hissy fit. I’m sure that will be spelled out to him clearly by whoever offers him a contract.

  11. jondogg2010 4 years ago

    OMG retire. You have rings, Millions, and more importantly the chance to retire with ONE team which never happens. Same with Varitek and Wakefield Just F’n retire already.

    • Wakefield has played with the Pirates.

      • grownice 4 years ago

        He’s referring to Major League teams.

        • And Wakefield played for the Major League Pirates.

          • does not compute

          • He’s still referring to Major league teams.

          • And he’s still wrong.

          • Dynasty22 4 years ago

             I think you missed the joke…

          • MetsMagic 4 years ago

            The Pirates won the division with Wakefield. Remember, that was the team that had Bonds, Drabek, Van Slyke, among others. 

          • Philip Marlowe 4 years ago

            True. He went 8-1 with a 2.15 ERA for the ’92 Pirates, who went 96-66 and finished first in the NL East.

          • johnsilver 4 years ago

            Got a feeling some here don’t recall when Wake was a spry lad and the Bucs were actually a good team..

            Notice that quite a lot also ’round here…

          • OrangeCards 4 years ago

            Are ya saying Red Sox nation is a new fad?

          • OrangeCards 4 years ago

            Are ya saying Red Sox nation is a new fad?

          • johnsilver 4 years ago

            Well… Was mostly recalling many posts when teams were actually good and some people here insist the stink.. KC nay sayers come to mind and remember when they used to win the AL central just about every year..

            As for Red Sox nation? Don’t get me started on that… They never bothered to come around (for the most part) prior to ’04 and I can remember prior to ’67 nobody in their right mind even claimed to be a Sox fan period…

      • MikhelB 4 years ago

        And Varitek was developed by the Mariners…

    • chaifetz10 4 years ago

      Wakefield played his first two seasons with the Pirates, but great point with Varitek.

    • LordD99 4 years ago

      Posada can still hit from the leftside.  If he wants to play and someone will pay him, then play on. He has the rest of his life to be retired.  His legacy will always be as a Yankee, and his post playing career will be tied to the Yankees, even if he wears another uniform or two before he calls it quits.  Even Yogi Berra wore a Mets uniform at the end.

  12. Posada won’t sign with anyone. He will retire a Yankee. That’s better than playing one more year with another team. Especially the last place Orioles. Posada is too competitive, he would never sign with a team who doesn’t have a chance to win.

    • bayareabeast 4 years ago

      you missed the phillies and rays who are contenders. i agree however that he should retire as a yankee

      • They are. But the Phillies with Thome and Posada on the bench? If they were an AL team, maybe. But I don’t see that happening. The Rays don’t make all that much sense either.

        • MikhelB 4 years ago

          Well, the Phillies are an offense starved team, and Posada can give them a hell of a bat coming off the bench as a leftie. Way better (for the price) than most of what’s available not named Vladimir (who will no accept a bench role right now).

    • Silence 4 years ago

      He would fit great on the Phillies.. just would make more sense if Thome wasn’t already a member.

  13. baseball52 4 years ago

    I feel like the Cubs are a great fit. Play 1B and backup Soto.

  14. The Sesame Street News Flash

    This just in….. Jorge Posada is “Washed Up”… again this just in Jorge Posada is “Washed Up”…. We are sending out Kermit the Frog, our man in the street to gather more information on this “Breaking News”…..

    Jorge Posada should be just happy that he’s even in the News on this Christmas Eve with that “Surly” attitude of his!

  15. mgboojr 4 years ago

    The ‘interest’ in Posoda sounds more like his agent trying to create interest so somebody will bite on the idea. His knowledge would be valuable. His service as a catcher?

  16. missyae 4 years ago

    My “inside source”, me, says he is washed up

  17. Of course Jorge should have retired a Yankee but either the Rays or Marlins would be ideal and close to home. He’ll always be loved by Yankee fans!

  18. Were you looking in the mirror by any chance?

  19. YanksFanSince78 4 years ago

    Is anyone not reading the part about him being back up/emergency catcher, reserve 1b and DH? I mean no team is signing him to C full time. If anything, maybe he might see 20-25 games there. He’s not a good C but he can be serviceable as a spot starter 1 every 10 days. He’s NOT a good defensive player ANYWHERE but he can play 1b or C in an emergency and still be a valuable bat as a lefty vs righty platoon player.

    Clearly there was no room for him with Martin, Cervelli and Montero and the uneasy feeling of him not embracing his role as a bench player for the Yanks was an issue. He would absolutely understand his role with any other of the 29 teams. 

    • johnsilver 4 years ago

      I think it is more the idea that people such as Dobbs are still there who can play more positions and more mobile YFS,

      Not even getting into the defensive thing here, but teams can find people beside Posada to fill in at 1B and a 3rd string catcher that teams don’t even carry any longer.

      An American league team in almost every situation does not even carry a player to come off of the bench who would fit this type of “bill” so to say.. Giambi like as a PH and emergency 1B.

      If Posada manages to find a team, it will probably be a NL team as a PH, or Tampa as was brought up above in that post with his home town roots if they think can actually use him. I doubt they will with Damon still there however.

      Just my 2c.

      • YanksFanSince78 4 years ago

        You’re certainly entitled to your opinion but I disagree politely. Posada can still hit righties evident by his 14 hrs, .350 OBP and .824 OPS last year. Factor in a guy you can pencil in as a C and a 1b gives a manager a lot of options.

        • johnsilver 4 years ago

          Ah yeah. it’s mostly about opinions on here anyway is it not? :-)

          Merry Christmas old friend don’t reply to another of your posts over the next few hours….

        • Rabbitov 4 years ago

          Except that he’s a year older.   At 40 years old you can’t rely on him anymore at any position.  

          I am not taking anything away from Posada’s career, which has been impressive, but its time for him to hang up his catcher mask and spend some time in the Bahamas. 

          (Oh yea and happy holidays bud)

      • YanksFanSince78 4 years ago

        You’re certainly entitled to your opinion but I disagree politely. Posada can still hit righties evident by his 14 hrs, .350 OBP and .824 OPS last year. Factor in a guy you can pencil in as a C and a 1b gives a manager a lot of options.

  20. pennypincher 4 years ago

    If he’s too proud to bat 9th in the lineup, he’d probably be too proud to back up his former backup.

  21. Dynasty22 4 years ago

    Man Ban, get off of MLBTR and work on your stuff!

  22. YanksFanSince78 4 years ago

    .814 OPS, .350 OBP and 14 hrs vs RHP last year. Emergency backup C, emergency backup 1b and walk off hr power off the bench. In the days where teams are looking for flexibility on their 25 man roster, how in the world can he not find a job out there as long as he’s willing to accept the role and the contract that comes with it?

  23. MikhelB 4 years ago

    Aaaaand still he had better splits than Carlos Pena in less games, when hitting leftie.

  24. johnsilver 4 years ago

    One little difference there though with Mays.. Willie wanted to finish his career in NY. Granted it wasn’t his old Giants team from NY and yeah.. he was prolonging a distinguished career as a shell of what he once was, but Willie at that time said in public he really wanted to finish in NY.. Where it all began.

    That 2nd year as a Met was really brutal, just looked it up.. Had forgotten it was as bad as that.

  25. YanksFanSince78 4 years ago

    The circumstances with the Yankees, a team he was a starting C with for all his career, vs what would be the case if he joined a new organization are completely different. There is ZERO reason to believe he would join another team with any thoughts of being anything more than what he is now, and that’s a platoon player/bat off the bench. If he goes somewhere for 1/$3 mil then trust me, his ego will be left at the door or he would just retire.

    As for as his health and C is concerned, no one is signing him to C 100 games. I did say EMERGENCY catcher, meaning would be the 3rd string guy and maybe C 5-10 games a year if that.

  26. diesel2410 4 years ago

    You’re also a tool. Just saying

  27. MikhelB 4 years ago

    So… there is no difference then. We don’t know if Posada wants to retire in Tampa where he has a residency.

  28. johnsilver 4 years ago

    Good point there and one not thought of.

    Pinella wanted to manage in Tampa because he lived there, ditto Zimmer hanging around with the Rays as a consultant all these years, simply because he lives in nearby Treasure Island.

    Edit:

    Think Fred McGriff wanted to head to Tampa also mainly due to his Tampa roots.. Forgot all about that hometown approach.. Really good point there, but still not sure Tampa has a need for a terrible defensive catcher who had a fairly bad offensive season.

    coach maybe?

  29. Encarnacion's Parrot 4 years ago

    Way to miss the joke dummy.

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