NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) — Jorge Posada is planning to retire after 17 seasons with the New York Yankee rather than pursue opportunities with other teams.

WFAN’s Sweeny Murti tweeted earlier today that New York Yankees catcher/DH Jorge Posada is planning to announce his retirement within the next two weeks, according to a source.

Murti spoke with WFAN’s Steve Somers earlier today about Posada’s retirement.

The 40-year-old Posada won five World Series titles with the team that drafted him in the 24th round of the 1990 draft. He became a free agent after a trying season in New York, the final year of a four-year, $52 million contract.

Earlier this offseason, Posada acknowledged that his career with the Yankees was over, but said he had offers from several other teams.

Posada’s retirement leaves shortstop Derek Jeter and closer Mariano Rivera as the two remaining players from the core group that led the Yankees to four World Series championships from 1996-2000 and one more in ’09. Andy Pettitte retired after the 2010 season.

Only Bill Dickey and Yogi Berra have caught more games in pinstripes than Posada (1,574).

But Posada lost his catching job before the start of last season and struggled early in his new role as the designated hitter. The switch-hitter was batting .165 against left-handers on May 14 when he was dropped to No. 9 in the batting order and asked out of the game against Boston.

He finished batting a career-low .235 with 14 homers and 44 RBIs in 115 games, playing sporadically in September after top prospect Jesus Montero was called up. Posada did have the winning hit — a pinch-hit, two-run single — against Tampa Bay on Sept. 21, clinching the AL East for New York.

Posada then hit .429 in the five-game division series loss against Detroit, receiving several long ovations and chants of “Jor-ge! Jor-ge!” at Yankee Stadium.

For his career Posada hit .273 with 275 home runs and 1,065 RBIs, winning the Silver Slugger Award five times as best hitting catcher in the American League.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

Comments (8)
  1. Geno says:

    Not a hall of fame player, but for sure a Hall of Fame Dad. He will have #20 to himself one day.

  2. el jefe says:

    he should have retired a year ago but $13 mil was too much to walk away from.

  3. flea says:

    Posada was a great Yankee.

  4. mj says:

    jorge is a TRUE yankee. we’ll miss him

  5. Bob Busch says:

    hip hip JORGE

  6. Jerry says:

    How many times have we heard that before from so many other players???

  7. jamie says:

    If true, then, Bravo, Jorge!

  8. Vyz says:

    He’s had a great career. He knows it. It’s time to go home with diginity and wonderful memories.

    Nice going, Jorge.

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