MLB Notes: Posada to announce retirement
By QMI Agency
|Jorge Posada is retiring after 17 seasons with the Yankees organization. (REUTERS/Mike Segar/Files)
Longtime catcher Jorge Posada will announce his retirement Tuesday after a 17-year career that included four World Series titles, the New York Yankees said Monday.
Posada, 40, became a free agent following the 2011 season but decided to end his MLB career with the team that drafted him in 1990 rather than pursue a role on another team.
The Puerto Rico native was a five-time all-star and retires with a .273 batting average, 275 home runs and 1,065 RBI in 1,829 games, all with the Yankees.
Posada's playing time slipped in 2011, the final year of a four-year contract, as he transitioned to being a designated hitter and often found himself out of the lineup.
He created controversy when he removed himself from the lineup just before a game last May after being dropped to the bottom of the batting order. Posada hit just .235 with 14 homers and 44 RBI in 2011.
MONTERO FINALLY A MARINER
It took 10 days, but the trade between the New York Yankees and Seattle Mariners was made official Monday.
The Mariners finally rubber-stamped the deal after catcher Jesus Montero arrived from his native Venezuela and passed his physical.
Montero, 22, had numerous delays in trying to travel to Seattle.
The Mariners acquired Montero, a top catching prospect, along with pitcher Hector Noesi, who turns 25 Thursday, for pitchers Michael Pineda, 23, and Jose Campos, 19.
The teams agreed to the deal Jan. 13.
Versatile veteran Willie Harris has signed with the Reds, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports. Harris, 33, hit .246 with two homers last season with the New York Mets ... Infielder David Eckstein, 37, hasn't retired, his agent said Monday, but he hasn't played since 2010, either. "If the right opportunity arises he will play," agent Ryan Gleichowski told FoxSports.com, shooting down reports the one-time Toronto Blue Jays was finished ... MLB club owners have voted unanimously to extend commissioner Bud Selig's contract through the 2014 season. A 10-day voting period ended with a 30-0 vote in support of the extension, which runs through Dec. 31, 2014. Selig will be 80 years old when the new deal ends.