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Sliding Into Home:
From David Waldstein:Just hours after Jorge Posada, their catcher of the past, announced his retirement, the Yankees said Tuesday that they had agreed on a contract with Russell Martin, their catcher of the present.
The deal, worth $7.5 million deal for one year, lets the sides avoid an arbitration hearing. Martin can also earn another $100,000 in performance bonuses.
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Jorge Posada played 17 seasons in the same pinstripes that Thurman Munson sported for 11 years. But the link between the two former Yankees catchers goes well beyond the uniforms that they donned. Munson's wife, Diana, shed some light on the link during Posada's retirement news conference on Tuesday. She credits Posada as the person who brought baseball back into her life...
All-Star catcher Russell Martin and the New York Yankees avoided salary arbitration when they agreed to a $7.5 million, one-year contract.
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What Jorge Posada did was special. Still, players who aren't fortunate enough to spend their entire careers with the same organization can, and often do, end up indelibly linked to just one franchise.
NEW YORK (AP) - Jorge Posada was watching television when he saw speculation on which teams were interested in signing him as a free agent."They put my face on different uniforms," he said. "And it didn't look good."He began a Yankee and ended as a Yankee, spending his entire career ...
Longtime Yankees catcher Jorge Posada, who spent his entire 17-year Major League career in pinstripes, announced his retirement during a Tuesday morning news conference at Yankee Stadium.
It could have ended ugly for Jorge Posada. But instead, the 40-year-old All-Star catcher retires on his terms. Danny Knobler says Posada made it easy on the Yankees, and also got the farewell he deserved.
Flanked by his wife and children, with five World Series trophies sitting on a table to his right, Jorge Posada announced his retirement.
NEW YORK - Flanked by his wife and children, with five World Series trophies sitting on a table to his right, Jorge...
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Jorge Posada never got the credit Derek Jeter, Andy Pettitte, or Mariano Rivera got, but you better believe he was just as important to their success. People want to hate the Yankees, but what other team do you see have so many players retire from that organization and just express nothing but love for the pinstripes.
While the Yankees won't have veteran Jorge Posada or top prospect Jesus Montero in 2012, the future remains bright behind the plate -- and in other areas -- for the organization.