Jorge Posada can read the writing on the wall as well as anyone. Brian Cashman has not yet reached out to Posada’s agents this offseason, but Posada doesn’t need a phone call to tell him the Yankees don’t have a spot for him on their roster.
“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 said five or six teams have already contacted him this offseason, and he started working out on November 1 — which he’s always done — but at this point he’s trying to decide between retirement and playing for a new team.
“I will always be a Yankee,” he said. “The Yankees for me is my second family. It would be tough to put on another uniform for real and learn another set of rules and all that stuff, but that’s one of those things. I have to see if I want to keep playing… Do I want to do it for somebody else? Do I want to leave home? Do I want to do it all over again without knowing anybody? It would be tough. I’ve got great people, great friends and great teammates and it would be tough to learn new people again.”
Posada said he’s not upset with the Yankees. He understands what’s happening, and he understands why it’s happening. He called his relationship with the organization, “a great partnership” and said the first check that came into his foundation for tonight’s dinner was from the team.
“At the end of the day, it’s a business,” Posada said. “You look back and you wish there was some things that could have gone differently, but they didn’t. There’s nothing I could control. Everything happened for a reason. I’m not bitter at the Yankees. I’m not bitter at Joe Girardi. I’m not bitter at Brian Cashman. It just happened.”
Posada said he’s been talking a lot with Bernie Williams — talked to him today, as a matter of fact — and Bernie has told him to make sure his decision is the right one. Posada’s wife, Laura, said she’s told her husband to make sure he doesn’t look back with any regrets (about either staying or going). Posada guessed that he won’t make up his mind until closer to February.
“If I don’t want to play, you guys will be the first ones to know,” Posada said. “I’m not one of those guys that’s going to linger around and wait. I’ll tell you.”
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