NEW YORK, NY: Jorge Posada #20 of the New York Yankees walks back to the dugout with his head down after he grounded out in the bottom of the eighth inning against the Detroit Tigers during Game Five of the American League Championship Series at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
According to reports, the 40-year-old free agent is planning to hang them up after a remarkable 17-year career with the Yankees.
Jorge Posada became a free agent after the season. The 40-year-old didn't have a job to return to with the New York Yankees, and so he was left looking for work with other teams. His agents fielded phone calls, but the right offer didn't roll in, and so now, according to WFAN, Posada is expected to announce his retirement:
Jorge Posada will announce his retirement within the next two weeks, per source.
WFAN's report has since been corroborated by a number of sources. There was a little interest in Posada in the market, but not very much, and now Posada has opted against continuing his career.
And, obviously, what a career it was. Posada was drafted by the Yankees in 1990. He made his debut in 1995. He remained with the Yankees through 2011, batting .273 as a regular backstop with 1,664 hits and 275 home runs. To say nothing of Posada's 103 hits and 11 home runs in the playoffs. With the Yankees, Posada won four World Series, and to give you a sense of just how long he stuck around, the Yankees' last regular catcher before Posada was current Yankees manager Joe Girardi.
There'll be talk about whether or not Posada ought to go to the Hall of Fame. The truth of the matter is that, no, he probably doesn't deserve it. Baseball-Reference rates him as being worth about 45 wins over replacement in his career, roughly equal to Jim Kaat and Gil Hodges. He didn't hit those magic big round numbers. But then, it's not like Posada doesn't have any argument, given that he was a good player on a great team, and besides, that's not what's important now. It's not important whether Posada deserves to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. What's important is that Posada had a career nearly every player could only dream of.