Report: Mets tell Posada no; agent disputes

December, 1, 2011
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With dissatisfaction over Ronny Paulino's adherence to game plans as well as lethargy, the Mets are likely to non-tender Paulino on Dec. 12 and go another direction for a righty-hitting catcher to complement Josh Thole.

It's certainly possible Mike Nickeas, already in-house, gets the shot. But it will not be Jorge Posada.

SI.com reports Posada inquired with the Mets about any possible interest and was told the Amazin's were looking for a defensive-oriented catcher to pair with Thole.

Omar Minaya once tried to lure Posada to the Mets, but his skills have greatly diminished even since that point.

The Mets reportedly have expressed interest, however, in Jason Varitek.

UPDATE: Agent Seth Levinson vehemently refuted the report. “It’s just not right. It’s not fair. He deserves better from the New York media,” Levinson said. “He deserves better from the media. I don’t understand where this comes from. There isn’t a scintilla, a shred of truth to any of it. It is completely erroneous. It is completely fabricated. Somebody came up with it for some unknown reason.”
Adam Rubin has covered the Mets since 2003. He's a graduate of Mepham High School on Long Island and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He joined ESPNNewYork after spending 10 years at the New York Daily News.
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