Jorge Posada: “I have no interest in playing ball”

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I’m not sure anyone was actually thinking it was even a possibility, but Jorge Posada was asked today about potentially making a comeback and made it very clear he’s staying retired.

Posada, who’s at Yankees camp as a guest instructor, told Wallace Matthews of ESPN New York:

I have no interest in playing ball. I don’t want to be gone for that long. You retire to be home and you don’t want to be gone for a month and a half. … I don’t think I could. Really, I don’t think I can. The grind of a long season, I don’t think I could do that anymore. I’m happy where I’m at. I’m not second-guessing myself. I know I can’t play the game now. In my mind, I think I made the right decision.

I still think Posada could have helped quite a few teams as a designated hitter last season–he remained plenty effective versus right-handed pitchers in 2011–but after a year off at age 41 it’s a moot point.

Jonny Venters is still pitching

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Lefty reliever Jonny Venters was among a handful of players the Rays signed to minor league contracts, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Venters, 32, hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2012 and has logged just 27 2/3 innings in the minors in the meantime due to a continuous battle with his elbow. According to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Venters has undergone four — four! — Tommy John surgeries.

When he was healthy, Venters was a fearsome late-game option for the Braves. He posted a 1.95 ERA with 93 strikeouts in 83 innings in 2010, and a 1.84 ERA with 96 strikeouts in 88 innings in 2011. His first-half performance in 2011 earned him a spot on the National League All-Star roster.

Venters has spent the last two years in the Rays’ system and he’ll try to make it a third.