Posada retirement announcement nears

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Jorge Posada is planning to retire after 17 seasons with the New York Yankees rather than pursue opportunities with other teams.

A person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press Saturday that the five-time All-Star catcher will announce his retirement this month.

Posada, 40, won five World Series titles with the team that drafted him in the 24th round of the 1990 draft. He became a free agent after a trying season in New York, the final year of a four-year, $52 million contract.

Posada's retirement leaves shortstop Derek Jeter and closer Mariano Rivera as the two remaining players from the core group that led the Yankees to four World Series championships from 1996-2000 and one more in '09.

Only Bill Dickey and Yogi Berra caught more games in pinstripes than Posada (1,574).


Manager Jim Tracy should know a thing or two about the catcher the club traded for this past week. It's his son, Chad, who hit .259 with 26 home runs and 109 RBIs for Class AAA Round Rock in the Rangers organization in 2011. The younger Tracy will go to camp as a non-roster invitee.


Aubrey Huff did not take public criticism of him by general manager Brian Sabean to the court of public opinion. Instead, he took it to heart and has concentrated on his conditioning this offseason. Said Sabean of Huff, the catalyst behind the Giants' run to the 2010 World Series title, just after the season: "He's going to have to come in ready. He's going to have to come in and pull more weight." Pull more with less of his own. "I heard it. I read it. It's warranted," Huff told the San Francisco Chronicle. "When you had the year I had before, finishing seventh in the league in MVP voting, and then being one of the worst players the next year, I've got to get the blame."


The team this past week hired CRG Partners, a firm known as a turnaround specialist and bankruptcy consultant. The franchise has been reeling since the Wilpon family got caught up in the Bernie Madoff scandal.


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