Per sources, the Miami Marlins will add former New York Yankees catcher Jorge Posada to the front office as a special advisor to Derek Jeter.
The Miami Marlins are once again adding a former New York Yankee to their front office. Several reports, including ESPN.com are reporting the front office will add Jorge Posada to the organization as a special advisor to Derek Jeter.
Posada and Jeter played together on the Yankees and played their entire careers in pinstripes in the Bronx.
The move is not surprising as Posada’s name was mentioned last year as a possible front office staff member. He is not the first person with ties to the American League East team to make the move to join Jeter in South Florida. Also, Posada has made his home in the South Florida area for nearly a decade. What his role besides advisor to Jeter has not been announced.
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Jorge Posada does have a connection to the Marlins as he was the batter when Miami made its final out to beat the Yankees in the 2003 World Series. It was the franchise’s second World Series Title in six seasons and represented the last time the Marlins have made the post season.
The team has had only one winning seasons since 2009.
The Marlins started their 2019 campaign on Tuesday when pitchers and catcher reported for Spring Training at the team’s complex in Jupiter, Florida. The offseason was handcuffed to a degree because J.T. Realmuto sought a trade. Now, with the team’s former catcher in Philadelphia and the future still rebuilding, Jeter will look to be more visible in the development of this franchise.
He will also count on personnel like Posada, President of Baseball Operations Michael Hill and Gary Denbo, the Director of Player Development and Scouting to help guide this team moving forward.
"Per the story on ESPN.com, “Jeter is entering his second season as the team’s CEO. He inherited a team that had former Yankees star Don Mattingly as its manager, and has since added plenty of other people with Yankees ties — including vice president of player development Gary Denbo, director of player personnel Dan Greenlee, director of amateur scouting DJ Svihlik and now, Posada.”"
Jeter and Posada also played with Mattingly for one season before the former player retired in 1995. Mattingly has been the team’s manager since 2016 and is entering the final year of his contract. While Jeter said Mattingly would be retained for this season, there is no word if a new deal will be offered to the skipper, who has suffered through three losing seasons since taking over the managerial role.