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DETROIT, MI - OCTOBER 04: Jorge Posada #20 of the New York Yankees reacts after getting hit by a pitch during the thid inning of Game Four of the American League Divison Series against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park on October 4, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan.  The Yankees defeated the Tigers 10-1.  (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images) Jorge Posada.

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Jorge Posada Thinks There’s No Chance He’ll Be Back With the Yankees

Perhaps there was never much chance of Jorge Posada remaining with the Yankees beyond the four-year contract that expired at the end of the 2011 season. But if you had to pinpoint the moment that the countdown truly began on Posada's Yankees career, you'd probably focus on last offseason, when he was told by Brian Cashman that the team planned to use him strictly as a designated hitter. There were, of course, other indications that his time in pinstripes was drawing to a close: The attempt to drop him to ninth in the batting order (and the unpleasantness that followed), the decision in August to no longer use him as the everyday DH, and, in a sense, even the strong debut of Jesus Montero, who's primed to take on an increased role next season.

Still, the Yankees hadn't made any official announcement regarding Posada: As recently as yesterday, Cashman said, "We've made no determination" about whether there would be a place for Posada on the 2012 roster. Added Cashman: "Obviously, a decision has to be made."

But Posada — like the rest of us — knows that he doesn't really need to wait for official word from anyone in the Yankees front office. Said Posada yesterday about a possible return to the Yankees: "It's not gonna happen," adding "I don't think there is even a percentage of a chance that I can come back."

Posada, however, said he hadn't yet decided whether he'd want to play for another team next season. (He said he'll decide early next calendar year.) Via ESPN, he said five or six of teams have expressed interest, and though his numbers last year were the worst of his career, he hit well enough against righties — and played well enough in the playoffs — that we wouldn't be surprised if there's a job for him, somewhere. It just won't be with the Yankees, the only team he's ever played with — so far, at least.

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