New York Mets: Jorge Posada

Sandy Alderson tidbits

December, 1, 2011
Sandy Alderson held a conference call with reporters previewing the winter meetings. Read the full news story here.

Here are tidbits:

• On Jose Reyes, Alderson said: "I certainly would hope we'll have conversations certainly by the time we get to Dallas, or at Dallas. There have not been any discussions in recent days, but I do expect to have them. ... As far as the market for Jose is concerned, I only know what I read in the paper. There haven’t been additional reports that I’ve heard about other offers. So I'm not sure there's much more clarity than we had when the first time the Miami visit/proposal was reported.”

• On reportedly rebuffing Jorge Posada's inquiry: “I can only corroborate what the agent said, and that is that didn’t happen. I’ve had no communication with the agent. I’d say that eventuality (Posada signing with the Mets) is unlikely.”

• Alderson identified catching, second base "depending what happens," and the bench as areas to fill, but nothing more "glaring" than bullpen.

• Asked how many new players he would leave Dallas with next week, Alderson said: "We could come back with none, although I'd be surprised if we didn't take somebody in the Rule 5 draft. It’s just hard to predict."

• Alderson said closer signings so far have emboldened agents to shoot for moon, but he still thinks there are fewer landing spots than inventory, which should eventually drive down prices.

• On the trade market, the GM said: "I don’t think the trade market is well developed at this point."

Report: Mets tell Posada no; agent disputes

December, 1, 2011
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. 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.”

Collins on Yanks, Posada drama

May, 15, 2011

Jorge Posada

Designated Hitter
New York Yankees


2011 Season Stats
32 6 15 12 .272 .165
Terry Collins, invited to comment about the Yankees’ drama with Jorge Posada, initially said: “I probably shouldn’t go there.”

But the manager could not resist at least having a little fun. Asked if Chris Capuano was OK batting ninth Sunday, Collins replied: “The story was this morning I should put Jose [Reyes] there and see what the response was. I probably don’t want to touch that since we’re playing them this week.”

Collins added that he certainly received a break in spring training when Carlos Beltran so gracefully moved from center field to right field.

“You better believe it would have been tough,” Collins said about the difficulty if Beltran would have resisted. “No doubt about it. I have been there. The response sometimes is not pretty.”

Added Collins: “Joe Girardi is an outstanding manager. I got to head it off in spring training. I didn’t have to do it midseason. But I had the player part of the decision-making. Then when it comes down the line, they’re not surprised or anything else.”



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