as reported in AOL sports blog~>
The Yankees have been pretty busy the last couple of weeks trying to find a new manager but now that Joe Girardi is signed, sealed and delivered they need to turn their attention to his former position. Despite some reports to the contrary last week, the New York Daily News is reporting that the Yankees haven't made any offer to retain Jorge Posada.
That's a problem because it is widely believed that Mets GM Omar Minaya has made Posada his top free agent target of the offseason. He makes a lot of sense for the Mets. He's a switch-hitter coming off of his best offensive season, he's a local icon and he fits right in with their senior movement. With Paul Lo Duca a free agent the Mets have a big hole behind home plate and Posada would fit it quite nicely. Minaya hasn't been afraid to offer more money and/or years than others in the past, he'd likely have to do the same to land Posada.
The Yankees still have 12 days of an exclusive window to negotiate and those earlier reports indicated they'd be offering in the neighborhood of three years and $40 million. Why would Posada accept that before finding out what the Mets or someone else had to offer, though? Even if he wants to stay in the Bronx, a longer or more lucrative offer from someone else would force the Yankees to up their offer, especially in a catcher-poor marketplace. At 37 he's not signing another contract so it behooves him to get the most years and money that he can.
I think ...
Posada would be more of a loss and harder to replace than Arod! Even though Arod's numbers righty bat and lineup card spot will be harder to replace by sight.
Posada intangibles clutch at-bats-leardership and blossing catching abilty in his later years , make him the most valuable yankee
Mr.Giradi please make a plea to Posada,because I dont think it's all about money! Give him a player-manager type responsibilties. George make him Co-Captain if you have to!
We need to hold on to this guy.