Posada, who turns 40 Wednesday, is looking much further ahead than Thursday, saying he believes he can continue playing beyond this season.
“It’s tough for me to tell you exactly what I’m going to do,” Posada said. “To tell you the truth, I really don’t know until the season’s over and I get home and see what happens during the offseason, all the workouts and stuff. I haven’t really thought about it, but I still think that I will right now.”
…Although Posada has not caught an inning this season, he said six weeks of spring training would be plenty of time to get him conditioned to catch next year.
“I could catch,” said Posada, who is in the final season of a four-year, $52.4 million contract. “I could have (caught) this year. I could have been a backup somewhere, backed somebody up. I don’t think I could catch every day, but I could have caught here and there.”
If Jorge Posada is dead set on coming back in 2012 he’s probably going to have to find another team to play with. No matter what he thinks, the Yankees are not going to suddenly trust him as their backup catcher and the perennially flush DH-market they would have no problem finding an upgrade at DH.
If he were really determined to play one more year, meaning he wouldn’t ask for a lot of money or playing time, he might be able to hang-on somewhere for another year. My instincts tell me this is going to play out similar to Bernie Williams‘ last year – a proud athlete too stubborn to admit when he’s done, who thinks he wants to play again, but when he comes to the realization that the Yankees don’t want him back he’s not going to be able to bring himself to put on another uniform.