MLB Free Agents 2012: Yankees Would Be Fools to Bring Jorge Posada Back

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MLB Free Agents 2012: Yankees Would Be Fools to Bring Jorge Posada Back
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There are some announcements that catch you by surprise, and there are some that don't.

In a perfect illustration of the latter, longtime New York Yankees catcher Jorge Posada announced on Wednesday that he will not be wearing pinstripes again any time soon.

"It's not gonna happen," said Posada while attending a function for the Jorge Posada Foundation, according to

For what it's worth, Posada insisted that he doesn't feel bitter towards the Yankees. He also insisted that five or six teams have expressed interest in acquiring his services.

Posada says he hopes to make up his mind regarding where he will play in 2012 sometime before spring training.

This announcement was going to come sooner or later, as the writing was on the wall at the start of the 2011 season that it was to be Posada's last in pinstripes. In fact, his career in the Bronx damn near ended back in May, when he got into a tiff with Yankees manager Joe Girardi and general manager Brian Cashman because the lineup card had him batting ninth. 

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That was very nearly the last straw. Instead, Posada apologized and ended up playing out the rest of the season. For all intents and purposes, he ended his career with the Yankees gracefully.

Now that Posada has said he's not going to be back, the pressure is on the Yankees to make sure they don't get nostalgic and do something foolish. It wouldn't be unheard of for them to give out a bad contract to an older player because loyalty compelled them to do it, but they really can't do that with Posada.

This is primarily because Posada doesn't bring much to the table anymore, but it's also because the Yankees need to look out for the best interests of Jesus Montero, Posada's heir apparent. He's the future. Posada was the past.

Emphasis on "was."

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