Agent denies Jorge Posada reports

Updated: December 1, 2011, 3:36 PM ET
By Adam Rubin | ESPNNewYork.com

NEW YORK -- Catcher Jorge Posada's agent vehemently refuted reports that his client had reached out to the New York Mets to gauge their interest and was rebuffed.

"It's just not right. It's not fair. He deserves better from the New York media," agent Seth 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."

Levinson wouldn't even disclose if Posada intends to catch next year.

Omar Minaya, then the Mets' general manager, pursued Posada four years ago, even sharing a meal with him, before Posada re-signed with the Yankees. But Posada's catching skills have eroded since, and the Mets now are under new management.

Mets general manager Sandy Alderson backed up Levinson's statement and suggested the Mets would not be considering Posada.

"I can only corroborate what the agent said, and that is that didn't happen," Alderson said. "I've had no communication with the agent. I'd say that eventuality (Posada signing with the Mets) is unlikely."

The Mets have three catchers with major league experience, but team sources indicate they are in the market for a right-handed hitting catcher whose strength is defense. Posada is a switch-hitter.

Ronny Paulino, a right-handed hitter, is a likely candidate to be non-tendered at the Dec. 12 deadline because he did not follow pitching game plans, team sources said.

The Mets could use right-hander rookie Mike Nickeas as the backup to left-handed hitter Josh Thole, but ideally would acquire a catcher with slightly more offensive ability, even though performance behind the plate is the priority.

Adam Rubin covers the Mets for ESPNNewYork.com.

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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