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Sunday, December 25, 2011

Report: Jorge Posada could play for Rays

Yup, seeing that Posada hit about a buck eighty away from Yankee Stadium the last two seasons…

If Jorge Posada has any baseball juice left, he could try to squeeze it out in Tampa Bay.

ESPN Deportes is reporting the Rays are interested in perhaps inking the veteran Puerto Rican to be a part-time first baseman, designated hitter and play a little at his “old” position at catcher.

ESPN Deportes also indicated the Phillies and Orioles are interested parties for 40-year-old veteran’s services, though it is not yet known if the ex-Yankees star is ready to call it quits.

A role for Posada, who has 275 career homers and 1.065 RBIs, in Tampa Bay could make the most sense, except that veteran starting catcher Jose Molina is a well-seasoned 36-year-old.

Repoz Posted: December 25, 2011 at 11:50 PM | 7 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Walt Davis Posted: December 26, 2011 at 12:18 AM (#4023367)
Molina's not really the starter in Tampa is he? He's never had more than 297 PA and he has a career 66 OPS+. I don't care how much faith you put in the pitch-framing study.
   2. cercopithecus aethiops Posted: December 26, 2011 at 12:25 AM (#4023369)
Any juice left? Pretty poor choice of phrase considering the Rays experience with a certain DH they signed last year.
   3. JimMusComp likes Billy Eppler.... Posted: December 26, 2011 at 04:14 AM (#4023406)
You lik-a the juice???
   4. catomi01 Posted: December 26, 2011 at 04:35 AM (#4023409)
Molina's not really the starter in Tampa is he? He's never had more than 297 PA and he has a career 66 OPS+. I don't care how much faith you put in the pitch-framing study.


considering their top two catcher's last year put up a 72 and an 85 ops+, tampa is one of the few places molina could go and stand a chance at replicating the previous groups offensive contributions. If he's any better defensively (at all) they probably come out ahead compared to last year...if posada has a dead cat bounce in him and can split the difference between 2010 and 11, and survive catching 30-50 games, they'll almost definitely be better off than last year.
The latter is a pretty big if of course.
   5. RB in NYC (Now Semi-Retired from BBTF) Posted: December 26, 2011 at 04:47 AM (#4023413)
I stand by my prediction that Jorge ends up in Baltimore, but we shall see.
   6. Jim Wisinski Posted: December 26, 2011 at 04:49 AM (#4023414)
I'd be shocked if the Rays are considering Molina as the starter at all, he looks like an obvious fit as the backup/mentor to whoever gets the starting job (at this point either Lobaton or Chirinos though hopefully a move will be made to improve upon that situation). I'm pretty skeptical about the Rays supposed interest in Posada since he would be a shaky fit(and they tend to keep their interest/discussions tightly under wraps anyway so I never would put trust in media reports of who they're looking at).
   7. Boxkutter Posted: December 26, 2011 at 06:51 AM (#4023441)
How do you get 0.065 of an RBI?

And I see no upside in the Rays signing Posada. He was pretty bad last year, and Andrew Friedman seems like a smarter GM. Although, he does seem to have some issues signing free agent DHs (Burrell and ManRam).

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