Jorge Posada, Yankees face tough offseason after playoff elimination

Jorge Posada might have played his final game in a Yankees uniform Thursday night. The Tigers beat Jorge Posada and the Yankees to advance to the American League Championship Series.

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New York Yankees' Jorge Posada reacts after grounding out in the eighth inning in what could be his last at bat as a Yankee in Game 5 against the Detroit Tigers in their MLB American League Division Series baseball playoffs at Yankee Stadium in New York, October 6.

Despite differences that they had during the season, in the most important game of this year Yankees manager Joe Girardi had Jorge Posada in the lineup for Game 5 of the American League Division Series against the Tigers Thursday night in New York.

However, Posada and the Yankees' big stars didn't have quite enough against a feisty Detroit nine.

Posada, in the designated hitter position, had two hits in four at-bats as the Yankees lost, 3-2. New York left 11 runners on base Thursday night.

Detroit now moves on to the American League Championship Series to face the defending AL champion Texas Rangers, beginning Saturday night.

After the game, Posada was emotional, but non-committal about his future, as his four-year, $52 million contract came to an end.

“I don’t want to look at it like that,” Posada said. “We lost, and we’ll see what happens in the off-season.”

The long-time Yankee catcher has played in nearly 2,000 games for New York. During that stretch, the Yankees won five World Series championships. Posada is part of a team that is not as young as it used to be.

Starting pitcher C.C. Sabathia has an escape clause in his contract. Now that he has 3,000 hits, Derek Jeter may decide to retire. And Alex Rodriguez can't seem to stay on the field long enough to help the club.

Major changes may be on the horizon in the Bronx.

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