Sweeny Murti of WFAN in New York just reported that Jorge Posada will announce his retirement within the next two weeks.
This shouldn’t come as a big surprise. We already knew Posada wasn’t returning to the Yankees in 2012, but he hadn’t ruled out the possibility of continuing his career elsewhere. In fact, there were even rumors of the division-rival Rays expressing interest just two weeks ago. Still, it would have been weird to see him end his career in any other uniform.
Posada, 40, batted just .235/.315/.398 with 14 home runs, 44 RBI and a .714 OPS over 387 plate appearances last season. If Murti’s report is indeed correct, he’ll end his 17-year major-league career with a .273 lifetime batting average and an .848 OPS to go along with 275 home runs, 1,065 RBI, five All-Star appearances and four World Series titles.
Those are fantastic offensive numbers for a catcher and while this sounds funny to say, one could argue that he’s actually a little underrated for his contributions as a Yankee. That’s what surrounding star power will do sometimes. He should make for an interesting Hall of Fame case.
The Tampa Bay Rays were reported this week to be “open for business” as far as trades go. Normally that means nothing happens until late June or something. The Rays are getting right down to it, though, as they’ve just traded closer Alex Colome and outfielder Denard Span to the Seattle Mariners.
The Mariners, who have played some outstanding ball lately thanks to some outstanding starting pitching, and are looking to bolster other areas as they make a push in the AL West, will likely slot Colome into a setup role in front of closer Edwin Diaz. Span will take over center field, allowing Dee Gordon to, eventually anyway, once he recovers from a fractured toe, cover for the suspended Robinson Cano at second base. If the M’s make the playoffs he’d likely do so in the postseason too, given that Cano will be ineligible for any October play due to his suspension.
Colome has saved 11 games for the Rays, with a 4.15 ERA and a K/BB ratio of 23/8 in 21.2 innings.Span is hitting .238/.364/.385 with four homers and six stolen bases on the season.
Two players are going back to the Rays: righties Andrew Moore and Tommy Romero. Moore was the Mariners’ second round pick in 2015 and made his big league debut last season, pitching 59 innings in 2018 but back in the minors so far in 2018. Romero was a 15th rounder for Seattle in 2017 and is currently plying his trade in A-ball.
The Rays, as expected, are using the 2018 season to acquire prospects. The Mariners, who are unexpectedly strong in the early going, are trying to go for it even harder. Quite a big trade for late May.