UPDATE: Scratch all of this. Ken Rosenthal spoke to Jorge Posada’s agent who says “there is no truth to that report. None.” So, go Heyman.
9:37 AM: Jorge Posada still wants to play baseball, and today Jon Heyman tweets that he’s reached out to the Mets to see if they’d be interested.
Hard to see why they, or most anyone else actually, would be. Most teams like their backup catchers to have some defensive skills. Nothin’ personal, but Posada simply doesn’t anymore. And his 2011 line of .235/.315/.398 isn’t strong enough to justify a DH gig anyplace.
As much fun as it has been to watch Jorge Posada over the years, I can’t help but think that he’s going to, at best, get a spring training invite from someone with no accompanying major league deal. And that at some point in early-to-mid March he’ll have a press conference in Tampa in which he announces his retirement.
We learned on Monday that Hyun-Jin Ryu won one of the final two spots in the Dodgers’ starting rotation. Brandon McCarthy has won the other, Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reports. Alex Wood was McCarthy’s competitor for the spot.
McCarthy, 33, posted a 4.85 ERA across four appearances spanning 13 innings this spring, yielding seven earned runs on 14 hits and a walk with seven strikeouts. Wood, a southpaw, gave up five earned runs in six innings against the Reds on Tuesday, which might have factored into the decision.
Last season, McCarthy made nine starts and one relief appearance, posting a 4.95 ERA with a 44/26 K/BB ratio in 40 innings. In the event McCarthy falters, the club has Wood as well as Julio Urias and the injured Scott Kazmir as potential replacements.
The Yankees have re-signed pitcher Jon Niese to a minor league contract, George A. King III of the New York Post reports. Niese was released on Sunday, but he’ll stick around and provide rotation depth for the Yankees.
Niese had knee surgery last August and got a late start to spring training as a result. In six spring appearances lasting an inning each, the lefty gave up three earned runs on five hits and a walk with five strikeouts.
Niese, a veteran of nine seasons, put up an aggregate 5.50 ERA with an 88/47 K/BB ratio in 121 innings last season between the Pirates and Mets.