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Agent: Jorge Posada Never Reached Out to the Mets

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 06:  (NEW YORK DAILIES OUT)  Jorge Posada #20 of the New York Yankees during batting practice before playing against the Detroit Tigers in Game Five of the American League Division Series at Yankee Stadium on October 6, 2011 in the Bronx borough of New York City. The Tigers defeated the Yankees 3-2 to win the best of five series 3 games to 2.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) Jorge Posada.

Earlier today, Jon Heyman tweeted that Jorge Posada had reached out to the Mets seeking a job, but that the Mets, who are looking for a defensive catcher, didn't think he was a fit. Every part of the story seemed plausible: Posada, after all, has said he doesn't think he'll be back with the Yankees, but he hasn't yet retired. And he said this summer that he thought he could catch next year. So it wouldn't have been surprising if he'd reached out to a National League team, particularly one that's located in a city he's comfortable playing in and went after him hard a few years back (albeit under different management). 

Nor would it have been a surprise if the Mets — who are reportedly looking for a right-handed hitting catcher whose strength is defense — told him they weren't interested in his services: In reality, Posada is not strong defensively, and while he put up respectable numbers batting left-handed last year, he slugged just .108 as a right-handed hitter. Anyway, it all sounded about right — except that, via Ken Rosenthal, Posada's agent says there's no truth to the report that Posada called the Mets about a job. So there you go. Though as best we can tell, no one is disputing the tweet about the Mets considering Jason Varitek. So there's something to keep an eye on as the Hot Stove begins to actually heat up.

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