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The search for a catcher

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Apr 28, 2008 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Brian Cashman’s Blackberry could melt by the time this week is over.

Jorge Posada trusts Dr. James Andrews and will abide by whatever the noted orthopedic surgeon suggests. That could be two weeks of rest and rehab or surgery. If it’s surgery, it could mean 4-6 weeks or the rest of the season depending on how much damage there is.

Injury expert Will Carrroll of Baseball Prospect, who I have the greatest respect for, suggests that Posada will need 30 days of rest and rehab but could return early to DH.

At this point, nobody knows for sure.

If Posada is going to be out longer than six weeks, Cashman probably need to obtain a veteran catcher of some sort. Jose Molina can do the job. But look what happened when he started to play every day earlier this month, he pulled a hamstring and was out a week.

Who’s out there? Here’s a list:

Mike DiFelice: He’s catching in the minors for Tampa. He has been with (it seems like) every organization at some point.

Sal Fasano: The Big Ragu is catching for the AAA Richmond Braves. He knows the pitchers a little and has a great mustache.

Doug Mirabelli: Free agent who was cut by the Red Sox in spring training. That he remains a free agent should tell you something.

Damian Miller: He is a free agent.

Josh Paul: He’s catching in the minors for Houston.

Mike Piazza: He has not caught a game since 2006 when he was with the Padres. It would take him some time to get ready.

There’s really nobody inside the organization at this point. The two best prospects are in Low Class A ball and they’re not being called up. Even if Francisco Cervelli were healthy, he’d stay with Trenton.

The Yankees need to hope that Posada’s injury isn’t serious. Because if it is, the alternatives are not great.

Of course Cashman could use one of his prospects to trade for somebody legit, like Ronny Paulino of Pittsburgh. The problem then becomes what happens next year. Molina is signed through 2009 and Posada through 2011.




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