A case could be made that both Jesus Montero and Austin Romine deserve promotions to “the next level” in 2011. For sure, I would like to see Romine at AAA to see how he stacks up there. But, if you do move up Austin, and don’t move Jesus, that would cut into Montero’s catching time at Triple-A.
So, how about this?
Promote both Montero and Romine next season – with Jesus joining the Yankees and Austin going to Scranton.
And, then, at the big league level, have a “catching rotation” that works like this:
Game 1: Posada catches, Montero is the DH, and Cervelli sits.
Game 2: Montero catches, Posada is the DH, and Cervelli sits.
Game 3: Cervelli catches, Posada is the DH, and Montero sits.
Game 4: Posada catches, Montero is the DH, and Cervelli sits.
Game 5: Montero catches, Someone other than Posada is the DH, and Cervelli sits.
Game 6: Cervelli catches, Posada is the DH, and Montero sits.
And, then just keep repeating this rotation, over and over again.
This way, Posada, Montero and Cervelli each end up catching 54 games next season – and, no one catches two days in a row. That’s good for Posada’s aging body and for hiding Montero’s defensive shortcomings. And, Posada gets another 81 games in at DH – giving him 135 starts on the season (which is about the right number for him). Also, Montero gets to play in another 54 games at DH – giving him a total of 108 games in the majors next season. Plus, you could always use Montero as a PH for Cervelli in a big spot – giving him some more PAs next season.
Makes sense, right?