• Yanks: Posada Has 7 Weeks To Start Hitting

    Posted by on May 19th, 2011 · Comments (11)

    Via Andrew Marchand:

    The New York Yankees will reconsider Jorge Posada’s future with the team if his numbers don’t improve by the All-Star break, according a baseball official with knowledge of the Yankees’ thinking.

    On Wednesday, Yankees manager Joe Girardi left Posada out of the lineup for the third straight time against a left-handed starter.

    This sets the stage for what could be an inglorious end to Posada’s career with the Yankees. With Posada appearing to be demoted to part-time designated hitter, he must begin to hit consistently to remain on the team.

    The official said there has been “zero discussion” about releasing Posada since the resolution of this weekend’s dispute, when Posada refused to play against the Red Sox on Saturday after Girardi put him at the No. 9 spot in the order. The subject had been broached on Saturday night.

    By the All-Star break, the Yankees will have three options. They can stick with him, trade him or release him. One team source optimistically said it would be to stick with him. Posada is hitting .179.

    “When it comes to Posada, I think he’s going to be better,” said one Yankee insider.

    Posada is making $13 million this season. If the Yankees release him after the All-Star break, they would lose around $6 million.

    If the Yankees were to release Posada, then Jesus Montero would be the likely internal alternative as the DH.

    Posada must start hitting because without a position or speed, he has no on-field value to the team.

    The Yankees will likely want Posada to be on the team for Jeter’s 3,000th hit. Jeter is 34 hits shy of becoming the first Yankee to reach that mark.

    Seems fair – if a guy his age is hitting a buck-something by the All-Star break, you’d think it was time to pull the plug.

    Comments on Yanks: Posada Has 7 Weeks To Start Hitting

    1. Corey Italiano
      May 19th, 2011 | 12:02 pm

      The guy’s been hitting well since Texas. My money is that he’s on the team all year.

    2. MJ Recanati
      May 19th, 2011 | 2:00 pm

      Corey Italiano wrote:

      My money is that he’s on the team all year.

      Mine too, but for a different reason. I just don’t think the Yanks have the balls to cut Posada, even if it would appear to be a prudent baseball decision.

      Whether he plays well or not, the Yanks probably won’t want to revisit the negativity of this past weekend.

    3. May 19th, 2011 | 3:01 pm

      I think the standings will play into a bit too.

      If they’re fighting for their life, a few games out of the last playoff slot, by the ASG, then I could see them cutting Jorge and getting a more useful player on the roster.

      But, if they’re 8 games out, and playing like crap, with things falling apart by the ASG, then I could see them riding him out and keeping him until the end of the year.

    4. MJ Recanati
      May 19th, 2011 | 3:59 pm

      @ Steve Lombardi:
      Actually I see it in complete reverse.

      Steve Lombardi wrote:

      If they’re fighting for their life, a few games out of the last playoff slot, by the ASG, then I could see them cutting Jorge and getting a more useful player on the roster.

      I imagine that if they’re in the playoff hunt, they’d actually keep Posada on the grounds that he’s a battle-tested veteran.

      Steve Lombardi wrote:

      But, if they’re 8 games out, and playing like crap, with things falling apart by the ASG, then I could see them riding him out and keeping him until the end of the year.

      If the Yanks are out of it, I’d actually imagine that the reverse would be true and that being out of it would give them the opportunity to replace Posada by promoting Montero.

      Having said all that, I stand by my guess that the Yanks don’t have the balls to jettison a tenured and accomplished veteran, no matter how insubordinate and insolent he’s been.

      Also, just an observation Steve but I find it funny that your two scenarios are both pessimistic in nature. You didn’t add a third scenario to contemplate what happens if the Yankees start playing really well.

    5. redbug
      May 19th, 2011 | 4:59 pm

      Once again the Yankees feel the need to publically disrespect Posada. Talk about STFU!!!!!

    6. Corey Italiano
      May 19th, 2011 | 5:25 pm

      I don’t see them ever releasing regardless of standing. Worst case scenario he’ll be the 25th man on the roster.

    7. Evan3457
      May 19th, 2011 | 5:32 pm

      redbug wrote:

      Once again the Yankees feel the need to publically disrespect Posada. Talk about STFU!!!!!

      This would be the team’s punishment in lieu of fine/suspension.
      In the old days, George would’ve leaked this himself, anonymously.

    8. May 19th, 2011 | 6:00 pm

      This is starting to get a bit ridiculous. We get it, he has to start hitting. His numbers aren’t going to go up overnight. He’s now at .179. He is digging himself out of the very deep hole he is in, no worse than Tex was in last year. And is he really having that much worse a year than Jeter. Jeter batting lead off has a .308 OBP, Posada’s is st .287. Jeter with 50 mor plate appearances has scored 10 more runs. Posada has more homers more RBI’s. Anyone who thinks the Yankee struggles this year are a result of Posada dragging down the line-up, is not paying attention.

    9. MJ Recanati
      May 19th, 2011 | 6:25 pm

      redbug wrote:

      Once again the Yankees feel the need to publically disrespect Posada. Talk about STFU!!!!!

      How did the Yankees publicly disrespect Posada here?

      Re-read what Andrew Marchand wrote:

      Andrew Marchand wrote:

      The New York Yankees will reconsider Jorge Posada’s future with the team if his numbers don’t improve by the All-Star break, according a baseball official with knowledge of the Yankees’ thinking.

      It says a “baseball official with knowledge of the Yankees’ thinking.” It doesn’t say a source within the Yankees organization nor does it intimate in any way that the story is coming from within the ballclub. Given how often writers like to reference anonymous sources within an organization in order to lend more credence to their story, we must then assume that this source is not from the Yankee organization otherwise Marchand would’ve said so.

      If Posada has been disrespected here, it’s by someone from another team or from MLB HQ. Or, perhaps, it’s just Marchand talking out of his butt and making up unattributable quotes. After all, tabloid journalists do it all the time. Frankly, if you were listening to the Michael Kay Show yesterday, Marchand said this exact thing without attributing it to anyone so it wouldn’t surprise me at all if he’s making it up as he goes along.

    10. 77yankees
      May 19th, 2011 | 8:58 pm

      @ MJ Recanati:

      A member of the media…..making up stories???

      If we didn’t know any better we’d swear it wasn’t true. :-)

    11. MJ Recanati
      May 19th, 2011 | 9:43 pm

      @ 77yankees:
      LOL, sad, ain’t it?

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