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Posada on the Block? Unlikely. Yanks Part Ways with Tino

Posted By Alex Belth On November 8, 2005 @ 1:23 pm In Bronx Banter | Comments Disabled

Tom Verducci [1] has this from Palm Springs:

The New York Yankees declined the 2006 option on first baseman Tino Martinez, opting to pay a $250,000 buyout rather than bring him back at $3 million for 2006.

Yankees GM Brian Cashman denied that the club would use catcher Jorge Posada as their first baseman, with Jason Giambi filling the designated-hitter role full time.

According to baseball executives at the general managers meetings here, the Yankees have floated Posada’s name on the trade market. He does not have a no-trade provision. The Yankees, though, have no real expectations of moving Posada because of his hefty contract.

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[1] Tom Verducci: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2005/writers/tom_verducci/11/08/verducci.1108/index.html

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