There has been a lot of talk about the Yankees catching situation next season and you can put me down as one of the (many) people who believe it’s time for a change. Posada’s bat can still be a weapon but to think of him as an everyday catcher is, at this point, probably unreasonable. The Yankees are high on Jesus Montero and want to give him every chance to win the starting job in spring training, but Posada says he’s not changing his preparation for next season. At least not yet.
If the Yankees want to do something else with him, Posada says they should just be honest with him up front.
“I’m going to prepare for (the starting catching job),” he told reporters over the weekend at the bowling tournament to benefit his foundation. “I love catching, love being behind the plate. I take a lot of pride – that’s my position. If they want me to be DH or catch, just be honest and let me know what’s up.”
It’ll be interesting to see if Montero steps up and takes the reins during spring training. If the Yankees want to give him a little bit of a cushion, they could always sign a veteran-type catcher (Rod Barajas?) to play in the beginning of the season while Montero gets a few games in the minors before a call-up. Either way, I’d expect Posada to see the majority of his at-bats at DH in 2011.
* That’s an AP shot of Posada looking very, very intense.