Jorge Posada has been a New York Yankee for his entire career—which stems all the way back to 1995. He has been a class act his entire career but he seems resigned to the fact that his time in New York Yankee pinstripes have come to an end.
“I don’t think there’s even a percentage of a chance that I can come back,” Posada said. “It’s not going to happen."
Posada had the worst season of his 17-year career in 2011 as he battled injuries and was stripped of his catching duties. Posada was used as a designated hitter and he even refused to play in a game this season when manager Joe Girardi penciled him into the nine hole.
Posada is now 40 and still seems intent on playing in 2012. It may seem likely that he will stay in the American League as a designated hitter if he does not retire.
That's not necessarily the case. Here are three teams that would be great fits for Jorge Posada.
Why would Jorge Posada return in 2012 to play for the perennial cellar-dwelling Baltimore Orioles? I can explain why in three simple reasons.
1) Posada would love the opportunity to play the New York Yankees 18 times in 2012 and show them that he still has a lot left in the tank.
2) Another paycheck (Duh).
3) Baltimore needs a reliable veteran behind Matt Wieters.
If the Orioles are willing to give Posada regular playing time and a decent contract, than there is a good chance he will end up playing for the home team in Camden Yards.
Ozzie Guillen is one of the few managers that was traded from a team for players. He is a proven winner (2005 World Series with the Chicago White Sox) and he obviously sees a lot of potential in the Miami Marlins.
They have a new ballpark, young quality arms and a plethora of young superstars. Adding some veteran leadership like Jorge Posada is never a bad idea for a team like the Marlins who are trying to find their identity.
Jon Heyman of SI.com seems to think so too.
The Detroit Tigers have an emerging star in Alex Avila but he would benefit from the veteran leadership of a guy like Jorge Posada. Posada has been a catcher for more than a decade and has stayed relatively healthy for the most part.
Any knowledge or tips that Posada could give to Avila would be more than worth a one-year contract.