They just had to go there, didn't they:
It waswho first mentioned last night. Posada said he’d been talking to Williams a lot this offseason — in fact, the two had talked earlier that day — and Williams was advising patience. He didn’t want Posada rushing to a decision, one way or the other, about whether to play next season.
I can't say that I would accept reality and retire with grace if I was in Posada's situation. But Bernie Williams is probably the last person he wants to be conversing this with right now. There is a World Baseball Classic coming up, and I don't want to see Posada playing in it......
, who has thrown 62.1 innings in the last two years, got a $4 million guarantee. While that deal itself doesn’t necessarily set the bar, the dearth of free agent pitching could certainly push up prices. If we look to last off-season as a guide, got two years at $16.5 million, as did . Javy Vazquez, coming off an unimaginably bad season, got $7 mil. Those types of deals can happen when there’s not much pitching on the market.
If theate enough of Burnett's salary that the new team would only be on the hook for around $5 million a season, I think they'd have some suitors.