The Tampa Bay Rays have seen plenty of New York Yankees catcher Jorge Posada throughout their 13 years as a franchise. In fact, they have seen so much of him that they may now show an interest in signing Posada to split time behind the plate and at first base at Tropicana Field in 2012.
Posada would see time as a back-up backstop behind Jose Molina, as well as time at first base and as a designated hitter. Posada, who will be 40-years-old at the start of the 2012 MLB season, would back-up Molina, who will turn 36-years-old by the beginning of the season. The two were teammates with the Yankees a couple of years ago.
Last year, in his walk year of his contract, Posada played just six innings behind the plate for New York, and he expressed his unhappiness with that decision. He still feels as if he has a lot to offer as a catcher, and having his experience with a young Rays pitching staff would be an added bonus for Tampa Bay.
Jorge Posada has not yet decided whether or not he will play in 2012 or retire.
Posada is not expected to return to the Yankees next season, and he has not yet decided whether or not he will play for a new team or call it a career. Reportedly, the Philadelphia Phillies and Baltimore Orioles have also expressed interest in signing Posada. I wouldn’t see him going to Baltimore, as they are still early in their rebuilding stage.
The Phillies could make sense, as they may offer the greatest chance at returning to the World Series, but he could not serve as a designated hitter, therefore possibly limiting his playing time. Plus, the team already signed Jim Thome, who would be the first choice coming off of the bench as a pinch hitter late in games, once Ryan Howard returns to play first base.
The five time World Series champion played 17 seasons with the Yankees. He has a .273 batting average over that span with 275 home runs and 1,065 RBI.
New York already re-signed Russell Martin to serve as their starting catcher entering next season, but they also plan to insert Jesus Montero into the role as well, as he proved last year that he can hit at the big league level. With Austin Romine also in the system, it is all but certain that Posada will either be forced to choose another team or to retire.