The Yankees have decided not to have Jesus Montero play winter ball this offseason. Between Triple-A and the big leagues, Montero played in 127 games this season, and he caught most of them.
General manager Brian Cashman said the Yankees will have Montero maintain his strength and conditioning, but they don’t want him to continue playing in games.
Just to answer some of the emails I’ve gotten recently: Cashman immediately dismissed the notion of moving Montero to right field. That’s just not going to happen.
A few other quick notes this morning…
• The Yankees had to give permission for Hector Noesi to play winter ball, and as part of that agreement, they stipulated that he had to be used as a starter with a certain pitch limit. “He’s in good hands,” Cashman said.
• Despite Noesi’s move to the bullpen this season, Cashman said the Yankees still view Noesi as a starter who will compete for a big league rotation spot next spring. “It wasn’t part of the plan to have him as a mopup guy or long man out of our bullpen this year,” Cashman said. “He needs to make up for lost innings.”
• Eduardo Nunez will also play winter ball this offseason, but he doesn’t have enough Major League at-bats for the Yankees to be able to dictate the terms of his use. The Yankees would like to see him play some outfield, but they can’t stipulate that. “I think it would be beneficial,” Cashman said. “I think he can play anywhere.”
• Cashman said it would be a blow to lose either Damon Oppenheimer or Billy Eppler to a GM job, but it’s ultimately good for the organization to have those sort of up-and-comers in the front office. “You’ve got to develop talent on the field as well as the front office,” Cashman said.