NEW YORK (WFAN) — Jorge Posada knows his days in pinstripes are over, though apparently he still wants to play ball right here in New York.
According to WFAN’s Jon Heyman, the Yankees fan favorite recently reached out to the Mets regarding the team’s opening at backup catcher.
The Mets told Posada they weren’t interested, reported Heyman. Sandy Alderson and New York’s front office are looking instead for a defensive-minded, catch-and-throw style backstop.
It appears the 40-year-old veteran, who hit .235 in 115 games last season for the Yankees, isn’t ready to call it a career just yet. But where will the aging catcher land if not the Bronx or Flushing?
“I don’t think there’s not even a percentage of chance that I can come back (to the Yankees),” Posada said earlier this month. “It’s not going to happen.”
It was a tough year indeed for Posada. He lost his job as the Yankees’ starting catcher to Russell Martin before the season began. Then there was the messy May incident after manager Joe Girardi dropped him to ninth in the batting order. He created a firestorm by asking out of the lineup and apologized for the brouhaha the next day.
Girardi eventually took away Posada’s full-time DH job, using him mostly against right-handers.
“I love teaching. I think I can help out,” Posada said before his foundation’s annual dinner. “If I’m not playing, I will be doing something with baseball.”
After the 2007 season, Posada received — and considered — an offer from the Mets before re-signing with the Yankees.
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