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Mets Free Agency Rumors: Jorge Posada, Brad Lidge, Jon Rauch

Poor Jorge Posada. After 17 outstanding seasons the New York Yankees no longer want the aging 40-year-old catcher, but Posada apparently still wants to play.

Can he find a team? That’s a good question. We know, however, that he won’t be playing for the New York Mets in 2012.

Posada reportedly reached out to the Mets about becoming their backup catcher, and was rebuffed. WFAN says the Mets are looking for a defensive-minded backup catcher. Defense never was Posada’s strong suit, and he caught only once in 2011.

Also, the Mets continue to scour the market for bullpen help — especially a closer.

Wednesday there were reports that the Mets were in on veteran Octavio Dotel.

Today, reports have surfaced that the Mets are also former Philadelphia Phillies closer Brad Lidge, as well as Jon Rauch, a journeyman who has 58 saves in a nin-year-career. He has been used as a closer by the Washington Nationals, Minnesota Twins and Toronto Blue Jays.