Coming into the offseason, Yankees great Jorge Posada was set to become a free agent, and the Yankees didn't have anywhere to put him what with Jesus Montero occupying DH. Not long ago, word went around that Posada was planning to retire. Then the Yankees traded Montero to the Mariners. So, a reunion? A change of plans?
Not so much. Posada's still planning to retire, and to make it official soon. Andy Martino:
Jorge Posada is expected to hold a news conference at Yankee Stadium early this week, likely Tuesday, to formally announce his retirement, according to a person familiar with the plans.
The Yankees might still sign a cheap DH, but that cheap DH won't be Posada. Instead, Posada will hang up his cleats after having played all the way through his 40th birthday. Posada was drafted by the Yankees in 1990. He made his professional catching debut in 1991. He became a regular catcher in 1992. He remained a regular catcher through 2010. That's an unbelievable amount of regular catching, and the fact that Posada spent so long behind the plate makes his overall numbers more impressive. Whether or not Posada ends up in the Hall of Fame, he was one hell of a player for a very long time.