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Montero taking over behind the plate for Yanks?

Posted on: November 5, 2010 11:55 pm
Edited on: November 6, 2010 1:16 am
Jesus Montero The Yankees may carry three catchers next season, but use one of them -- veteran Jorge Posada -- as mostly a designated hitter, the New York Daily News ' Mark Feinsand writes .

Feinsand cites "a source with knowledge of the team's thinking" as saying über-prospect Jesus Montero is ready to take over the starting catcher spot, with Francisco Cervelli as his main backup.

Montero was thrust into the national spotlight this summer, when he was the primary bartering chip in the Yankees' pursuit of Cliff Lee. It appeared he would be headed to Seattle, only to stay in New York.

Montero will turn 21 later this month. At Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Montero hit .289/.353/.517 with 21 home runs last season. Although many have knocked Montero's defense, Feinsand says the team's front office believes Montero has improved and already surpassed what Posada was able to give them this season.

Posada hit .248/.357/.454 with 18 home runs, but was limited to 120 games, starting 78 behind the plate. Posada, 39, was unable to catch more than three games in a row.

The team will also be keeping an eye on Austin Romine. Romine, who turns 22 this month, hit .268/.324/.402 with 10 home runs at Double-A Trenton this season. He could be the team's backup, replacing Cervelli, as early as midseason.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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