Report: Yankees’ Jorge Posada Would Consider Playing Elsewhere In 2012

NEW YORK (WFAN) — Derek Jeter could be one of the few current MLB stars to play an entire career in only one uniform. Mariano Rivera too, perhaps.

Though you never know — before this season, most Yankees fans couldn’t imagine Jorge Posada playing anywhere but the Bronx.

Posada admitted to the New York Post on Sunday that he would contemplate playing for another team next season.

“It could (happen),” Posada said. “I don’t know what’s going to happen after this year. But we’ll see.”

And according The Post, it almost happened after the 2007 season. Posada told the paper he was “very close” to signing with the Mets after the team from Flushing offered him a five-year deal.

In the final year of a four year, $52.4 million contract, Posada turns 40 on Wednesday. He is in what most likely is his last year with the Yankees, and it’s been a trying one.

He took himself out of the lineup in May when he was dropped to ninth in the order, then apologized to his teammates a day later. He has had difficulty adjusting to his role as a full-time DH after being the team’s primary catcher for most of his 17-year career.

Then he was benched for nearly a week.

On Saturday, Posada hit a grand slam and drove in six runs in his first game since being benched against the Red Sox last Sunday night. The Yankees won, 9-2.

“It’s special,” Posada said. “I got an opportunity today to play — and it’s tough to sit around. It’s not easy to be sitting here and look at everybody playing.”

After Saturday’s game, Posada learned that he would DH again Sunday — but that contest was rained out.

“As I’ve said, he’s still going to play a role on this team,” Girardi said. “We need him.”

Yankees fans: is it time for Posada to move on? Sound off in the comments below…

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  • Frank N Footer

    Sorry Jorge, looks like that is not going to happen. At age 40, your professional baseball career is pretty much over and I’m 99.9% sure that no team is going to sign you in 2012 unless it’s either the Long Island Ducks or possibly some Japanese team. Even the Boston Red Socks won’t be needing your services.

    We thank you for your services with the NY Yankees and wish you all the best for the future.

    • lydiass

      The core four do deserve certain treatment but in the end you need to produce. There not gonna pay him millions because he’s a nice guy.I am a 26 years old nurse, young and beautiful. Now I am seeking an older gentle man who can give me real love , so i got a username Annababe2011 on—a’ge’l’es’s’da’te. C óM—it is the first and best club for y’ounger women and older men, or older women and younger men,to int’eract with each other. Maybe you wanna ch’eck it out or tell your friends.

  • PUSSada

    PUSS-ada is a baby. Good Bye!

  • bily320

    Don’t let the door you in the arse on the way out

  • dabooch

    If Girardi used Burnett for just five innings, if he could make it that far, and then pull him no matter what, his contribution to the team could be significantly better.

  • dabooch

    Girardi is so full of it, he has been waiting to get Jorge ever since he took his job over a decade ago. Jorge should go to another team next year, he still has a little in the tank.

    • Joe

      I also think he holds a grudge. They’ve spent a ton for Martin…..look at his average and contribution. Posada would do equally as well or better imo, if he was allowed to play. Girardi also talks about how great Burnett keeps pitching…..yet in every game, the guy gives up at least 4 runs.

  • pugphan

    Just like pugs some athletes don’t know when the dance is over. Somebody needs to pull Georgies coat tails, clue im in. “Ya cain’t contribute anymore, go to
    San Juan, tada beach an enjoy ya foitune divo. As a lifelong Yank fan I thank you fo ya contributions, so now go live da life of Riley. smokersodysseycom

  • Ian

    Ted, the Yankees don’t owe Posada anything. We all love Posada and what he’s done, but you have to remember sports is a young man’s game.

    When he came to the majors he took Girardi’s job, now he has to step aside & give the job to someone younger, it’s call the circle of life.

    When the Yankees signed Posada to a new 3 yr contract at age 37, that was their way of appreciating and respecting him, just like they have with Jeter & Mo.

    So let’s stop with this “They deserve deference” nonsense BS. Sometimes a man needs to know his limitations.

  • Maureen

    Jorge,Jete and others are paid.and have been paid millions more than they’re worth…That would include that $83 mil “bust” AJ Burnett..

    it’s reported Jorge is with the big arrogant attitude..The Yankees have paid you 100 million-so pack it in and head to South Beach…Bastante ya…

  • Ted Auch

    If Burnett still deserves to be a starter than for all sorts of additional reasons Jorge should still be an integral member of the team. Fans better get used to the fact that there are Core Four Rules and than there are the rules for everyone else. They deserve deference!

    • Eddie

      The Yankee are not looking to make friends. They want a championship and posada is a bench player. You can’t have a DH putting up numbers he’s putting up. The core four do deserve certain treatment but in the end you need to produce. There not gonna pay him millions because he’s a nice guy.

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