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