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Posada’s place in the free agent market

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Oct 19, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

If Jorge Posada wants to play again, my guess is that he wants to play for the Yankees. But, as we’ve discussed time after time, I’m not sure the Yankees have a roster spot for him.

So what’s left for the Yankees long-time catcher?

Re-writing Posada’s final chapter might require something other than pinstripes, and the free agent market might present some opportunities. The crew over at MLBTradeRumors posted this analysis of the market for catchers, and it’s telling that the first two names mentioned are Rod Barajas and Ramon Hernandez, two aging catchers, neither of whom started more than 85 games behind the plate this season.

Bottom line: Finding a good, reliable catcher is tough, and this winter’s market isn’t exactly flooded with elite talent.

Does that present an opportunity for Posada as a risk-reward signing? Could some team look at him the way the Yankees looked at Freddy Garcia and Bartolo Colon last winter: As a veteran who’s worth a shot in a market that doesn’t offer many proven alternatives? Could a National League team pair him with a young starting catcher, expecting Posada to catch 40 games, play first base for 40 games and provide a bat off the bench for the other half of the season? Could an American League team do the same, but with plenty of DH opportunities? At what price?

It may be that Posada’s finished, but if he wants to give it another shot, this market might provide the opportunity.

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