Williams doesn't have spot but doesn't want to retire

Updated: January 24, 2007, 1:54 AM ET
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The Yankees haven't made any move to clear a roster spot for free agent Bernie Williams, but the longtime outfielder still isn't making plans to retire, or join another team.

Bernie Williams
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"He's not even talking about [retiring]," Yankees catcher Jorge Posada told New York reporters after receiving an award in Manahttan on Tuesday night. "He said he wants to play one more year."

Although Williams has told Posada that other teams have called, the five-time All-Star and 1998 batting champion isn't ready to leave New York.

"He wants to be a Yankee forever," Posada said. "Hopefully, he gets a chance to do that."

With Hideki Matsui in left, Johnny Damon in center, Bobby Abreu in right and up-and-coming Melky Cabrera assuming the fourth outfielder role, Williams doesn't really have a spot. Designated hitter may also be too crowded.

"It looks like there's not a spot for him," Lee Mazzilli, the former Yankees coach, told reporters. "It's hard to see that with Bernie. He's a player who stands for all that baseball's about and all that the Yankees are about. I'm not too sure anyone out there doesn't pull for Bernie."

Williams batted .281 with 12 home runs and 61 RBIs last season. Posada indicated that Williams could ask the Yankees for a minor league contract and then retire with the team, but he might prefer to stay in shape and see if the Yanks have a need later in the season.