Jorge Posada will be 39-years old when he plays for the Yankees this season. But, he’s an above average offensive performer – and has been one for the last 11 years running. However, there’s more to this story.
Posada’s catching skills are now below average. Some would say that they’re terrible – and may have a good case in stating that claim. So, the Yankees plan on using him mostly at D.H. in 2011. And, that makes sense.
Posada is also in his free agent “walk year” this season. And, at no point has Jorge ever talked about this being his last year or that he’s considering retirement – even though he’s knocking on the door of forty. It would not be insane to suggest that Posada wants another contract after his current one expires. Seriously…let’s not forget that Jorge is a very proud and stubborn man.
To me, this all leads to a messy 2011 for Posada in Yankeeland. And, it could get even worse if the Yankees fall out of contention. Jorge has “no-trade protection” in his contract. But, if the Yankees are cooked come July, wouldn’t it make sense to move Posada to a contender who needed a bat – to get a prospect in return – rather than just sit on him until his contract expires?
And, what about when his deal with the Yankees is over? Do they bring him back for 2012? How well are those talks going to be? Think about the treatment that Bernie Williams and Derek Jeter got on their last deals with the Yankees.
Man, there’s a lot of stuff out there to suggest that Posada’s end with the Yankees will not be pretty. And, that’s sad. He’s a near Hall of Famer who has played his entire career, to date, with the Yankees. (Just like Bernie Williams.) That said, it would be nice to see all this end on a high-note. But, it doesn’t look like that will happen – does it?