• The Posada Problem

    Posted by on January 17th, 2011 · Comments (7)

    Jorge Posada will be 39-years old when he plays for the Yankees this season. But, he’s an above average offensive performer – and has been one for the last 11 years running. However, there’s more to this story.

    Posada’s catching skills are now below average. Some would say that they’re terrible – and may have a good case in stating that claim. So, the Yankees plan on using him mostly at D.H. in 2011. And, that makes sense.

    Posada is also in his free agent “walk year” this season. And, at no point has Jorge ever talked about this being his last year or that he’s considering retirement – even though he’s knocking on the door of forty. It would not be insane to suggest that Posada wants another contract after his current one expires. Seriously…let’s not forget that Jorge is a very proud and stubborn man.

    To me, this all leads to a messy 2011 for Posada in Yankeeland. And, it could get even worse if the Yankees fall out of contention. Jorge has “no-trade protection” in his contract. But, if the Yankees are cooked come July, wouldn’t it make sense to move Posada to a contender who needed a bat – to get a prospect in return – rather than just sit on him until his contract expires?

    And, what about when his deal with the Yankees is over? Do they bring him back for 2012? How well are those talks going to be? Think about the treatment that Bernie Williams and Derek Jeter got on their last deals with the Yankees.

    Man, there’s a lot of stuff out there to suggest that Posada’s end with the Yankees will not be pretty. And, that’s sad. He’s a near Hall of Famer who has played his entire career, to date, with the Yankees. (Just like Bernie Williams.) That said, it would be nice to see all this end on a high-note. But, it doesn’t look like that will happen – does it?

    Comments on The Posada Problem

    1. Raf
      January 17th, 2011 | 11:33 am

      I don’t think it’ll be all that bad. If he has anything left, or if there are no clear upgrades available, he’ll be back.

      There are ways around the NTC, be it an extension or throwing money at him to get to waive it.

      As for Posada’s next contract, negotiations will depend on how Posada has done; Jeter was coming off a bad season when his contract expired and Bernie was just about done when his contract expired.

    2. Jim TreshFan
      January 17th, 2011 | 11:34 am

      Well, we’re not in Posada’s head, are we? I don’t really know how he’s dealing with the reality that he’s no longer a catcher, let alone how he’s looking at his future beyond his current contract. But I do know this: Of all the members of the “Core Four” Posada is the one who struggled the most to gain access. Drafted at the age of 19 (as a middle infielder) he didn’t get any significant playing time at the big league level until he was nearly 26. He wasn’t really a part of the champioship team of ’96—just 14 at bats—and he was a platoon player on the ’98 team. He became the Yankees regular, every day catcher in 2000—the year he turned 29. But when he stuck he stuck good. As you have said, a near Hall of Famer. Now old Anno Domini has done him in and his passing from the scene will not be kind. I just hope he faces up to the facts instead of the fantasies that athletes in their declining years are so very inclined to entertain. He’s made a good run of it, let’s pray he takes his leave in stride.

    3. 77yankees
      January 17th, 2011 | 11:34 am

      All signs point to this not ending happily. I would say aside from David Wells, there hasn’t been a recent Yankee who would provide fodder for such a professional “divorce” than this.

      But then again, the White Sox went through something similar with Carlton Fisk at the end of his career, and that was eventually repaired.

      And Steve, off topic and an aside here: I noticed this book in the upcoming new releases on Amazon which I think you will agree is a must read for any baseball fan and especially those Yankee fans who grew up in the 70s & 80s.


    4. LMJ229
      January 17th, 2011 | 12:03 pm

      I’m hoping the Yankees can find some playing time for Posada behind the plate this year against the slower footed teams in the league. I would also expect to see him at 1B occasionally to give Texiera a rest. This might make him more valuable than your ordinary Jim Thome-like DH.

      As you’ve said, the real problem for Posada is next year. Unfortunately, I don’t see the Yanks bringing him back. It will be similar to the Bernie Williams divorce. The Yankees have tremendous young catching talent in the minors and I believe they will look to move A-Rod to the DH position in the near future. This will make Posada expendable.

    5. January 17th, 2011 | 12:14 pm

      @ 77yankees:

      Thanks! BTW, is he kidding with this one?


    6. Raf
      January 17th, 2011 | 1:08 pm

      I still think Posada will catch a few games; there will be some sort of hybrid 3 catcher platoon/rotation going on. I also think Posada will see some games @ 1B like he did a few years back.

    7. 77yankees
      January 17th, 2011 | 3:47 pm

      Steve Lombardi wrote:

      @ 77yankees:
      Thanks! BTW, is he kidding with this one?

      Yeah, LOL…. probably forty pages on the HR vs. Tim Belcher in 1995….eighty pages on the Mark Wohlers HR in 1996….three chapters on how he deserved to be the everyday catcher….and hopefully one or two pages dissuading driving drunk.

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