Posada more likely a backup plan

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December

There's a Spanish-language report today from ESPNDeportes.com that the Rays are among the teams interested in former Yankees star Jorge Posada, including quotes from Posada's father confirming their interest.

But from the Rays' perspective, any interest in Posada is more likely to be as a backup plan if other moves don't happen the way they hope. Plus, Posada - who turns 41 next season - hasn't decided yet if he wants to keep playing with a different team after 17 seasons in pinstripes.

According to the report, the father said the Rays have interest in Posada at catcher, first base and DH. But considering the premium the Rays place on defense, it doesn't seem like much of a fit. Consider that Posada played only one game behind the plate last season (and wouldn't be good to pair with 36-year-old Jose Molina) and consider that he has played only 42 games at first in his career.

Also consider that he hit only .235 last season, and only .242 over the last two, so it's not like his offensive production would be guaranteed.

At best, Posada would seem to be among the fallback options the Rays would consider if they don't get a fulltime DH and end up splitting up the at-bats, as Posada did hit .269 against right-handers, with all 14 of his homers, and an .814 OPS.

 According to the senior Posada, the Orioles and Phillies also have interest.

 

[Last modified: Monday, January 23, 2012 12:41am]

    

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