Jorge Posada will not go quietly. At 38 years of age, the possible Hall of Famer – given his position as a catcher, he is an interesting case – is eager to continue playing as he closes in on 40. After noting, just a few weeks ago, that he would only relinquish his New York Yankees uniform by force, Posada continued that theme in a piece today by the Bergen Record’s Bob Klapisch. “I’m not going to make it easy on anyone trying to move me out,” noted the fiery backstop, affirming his place as the Yankees’ catcher, despite their abundance of such talent in the minor leagues.
While everyone is quick to discuss Derek Jeter’s approaching free agency given its immediacy (as if he will ever leave, give me a break), Jorge Posada’s situation is much more interesting, even though his FA is still two years away, due at the end of the 2011 season. As Posada has indicated, his approach to free agency, barring a dramatic offensive depression, which can be expected at his age, will be a stubborn one, a hardline display of machismo and pride, amongst other traits. Now, what will the Yankees do if Jesus Montero proves himself as a catcher by that point? What about Austin Romine? If such a scenario unfolds, do you make a “hard” decision or do you make an “easy” one? What if Joe Mauer actually hits the market? What if Posada has a great 2011? If Posada wishes to continue playing at that point in time, the Yankees will be faced with some particularly tough decisions. When one considers the many question marks surrounding this specific matter – these question marks are intimately tied to Posada’s age as well as his position as a catcher – it becomes clear it stands as the central personnel issue for the Yankees in the near future.
So, while many worry – for no reason, really – about the futures of Derek Jeter or even Mariano Rivera, in reality, it is Jorge Posada that is the most interesting free agent case on the Yankees’ ledger (again, even if it is two years away).
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