Yanks' Posada can be free agent after 2007

TAMPA, Fla. -- Jorge Posada is focused on the season as he
heads into the final year of his contract with the
New York Yankees.

Posada will make $12 million in 2007, the final season of a deal
paying him $59 million over six years. The 35-year-old catcher says
he's leaving his contract situation up to his agents, Sam and Seth
Levinson, and Yankees general manager Brian Cashman.

"Obviously I have one more year left, and a lot can happen,"
Posada said Monday after a pre-spring training workout. "We'll
see. It's up to them. That will take care of itself. I'm
concentrating on what I have to do."

Posada hit .277 last year with 23 homers and 93 RBIs, the best
season at the plate for the four-time All-Star since 2003. Unless
the sides agree to an extension, he will be eligible for free
agency after the World Series.

"To tell you the truth, if I keep feeling like I'm feeling
right now, I'm going to keep playing," Posada said. "If I don't
feel like that, it's time to go."

Posada will be working with several new pitchers this season,
including Kei Igawa.

"He was very good in Japan, and I'm looking forward to catching
him," Posada said. "It's going to be a good experience for me."

Posada expects Igawa's transition to be eased by the presence of
Hideki Matsui, who will be starting his fifth season with the

"I think Matsui is going to help him a big deal, " Posada
said. "Matsui had it tougher being here by himself. It's going to
be all right."