That picture above was taken looking through the World Series trophies that were on display this afternoon. Kinda cool.
There was still a large group of reporters at Yankee Stadium when the Prince Fielder signing broke, and that generated some buzz, but most of the baseball focus in New York was on Jorge Posada.
Today’s press conference was well done, a nice celebration of Posada’s life and career. Of course Posada was emotional throughout — as Derek Jeter said, “He’s always emotional” — but that really added to the experience. Fire and passion really defined Posada as a player, and I don’t think anyone expected him to say goodbye without a few tears.
“Ever since I was a little kid, for as long as I could remember, all I wanted to do was be a major leaguer,” he said. “I played baseball for the New York Yankees, and that was all I could think of and dream of when I was a little kid.”
Very cool moment for Posada. Turned out, it was just part of a busy day throughout baseball.
• Guess the Tigers aren’t in the market for a DH anymore? They signed Fielder to a massive nine-year, $214-million contract. Apparently there’s a chance Miguel Cabrera is going to move back to third base to leave room for Fielder at first. However they make room for him, that’s a massive bat in that lineup.
• It’s not nearly as significant as the Fielder signing, but Tim Lincecum avoided arbitration with a two-year, $40.5-million deal. That’s a pretty huge contract in terms of average annual value. The Giants bought out his last two arbitration years, so he wasn’t going to hit the free agent market next winter anyway.
• Francisco Cordero is coming to the AL East, agreeing to a one-year deal with the Blue Jays. Ken Rosenthal says he’ll be the setup man for Sergio Santos. The Jays also signed Brandon Morrow to an extension.
• The A’s have finalized their one-year deal with Bartolo Colon. After signing a minor league deal with the Yankees last year, Colon could earn $2 million in Oakland this year.
• Speaking of short-term Yankees: Wilson Betemit has signed with Baltimore. Take him off the list of potential backup third basemen.
• Cuban outfielder Yoenis Cespedes has reportedly gained residency in the Dominican Republic, meaning he’s taken the next step toward becoming an available player. I still don’t think the Yankees will be legitimate bidders.
• Major League Baseball announced today that retired Cardinals manager Tony LaRussa will serve as manager of the National League in this year’s all-star game. It will be the second time that a retired manager has managed an all-star team. The first was John McGraw who managed in N.L. in 1933 after retiring in 1932.
Associated Press photos