Kerwin writes: According to Mlbtraderumors.com, Josh Bard became a free agent. Do you see the Yankees getting a catcher like him as protection in case Jorge Posada has trouble coming back after surgery next season?
Answer: This is a very good point. I’m not sure Bard is the guy (he hit .202), but the Yankees need to invest in a halfway decent catcher to start at AAA or be the backup to Francisco Cervelli. If something were to happen to Posada, I don’t think Cervelli is ready to be a regular in the majors. He has played only 24 games above Single-A ball in his career. Chad Moeller isn’t the answer.
Margaret writes: What to do about the first base situation? Should we sign Mark Teixeira? Should we leave the position as a repository for all our aging big contracts? Or perhaps we should squeeze Posada in there? What do you think about Posada becoming a player coach?
Answer: I think it’s fair to say Jorge is not going to be a player coach. The Yankees aren’t paying him $13.1 million for three more years (yikes) to be a coach. As for your other questions, the Yankees are correctly focusing on their rotation and figure to sign at least one one and probably two free agents. This could prohibit them from signing Teixeira.
Andrew writes: After watching the Angles in their premature ALDS-losing series, I am 100 percent convinced the Yankees should make getting Mark Teixeira their No. 1 concern this off season. Yes, you can say pitching is a huge part for the Yankees this off season, but watching Tex make diving plays after big defensive plays and getting a few hits along the way, this guy is a winner waiting to spotlight in the Big Apple.
Answer: Is this you, Scott Boras? Let’s have lunch in Vegas.