Tag:Jorge Posada
Posted on: November 8, 2010 11:28 am
Edited on: November 8, 2010 3:15 pm
 

Jorge Posada intends to catch

Everyone believes Jorge Posada is headed for the DH role in 2011, opening up the catcher's spot for Francisco Cervelli or hot prospect Jesus Montero -- or if this soothsaying article proves accurate , New York will sign John Buck.

One problem: Posada isn't aware of any permanent shift to DH, even as he caught just 83 games in 2009, appearing in 120 games overall and hitting .248/.357/.454. The 28 games he played in as DH were the most in his career, with 15 in 2008 the only other time he's ever broken double-digits in games DHed.

"I'm going to prepare for [the starting catching job]," Posada told the New York Daily News . "I love catching, love being behind the plate. I take a lot of pride -- that's my position. If [the Yankees] want me to be DH or catch, just be honest and let me know what's up."

It doesn't sound as if Posada is opposed to DHing -- he just wants to know if he will be doing so. However, it's in New York's best interest to keep Posada focused on catching even if the Yankees intend on Posada DHing. This would give the Yankees three catchers on the team, and the team could keep the starter (Montero, Buck or someone else) fresh by rotating them in the DH spot and starting Posada occasionally behind the dish.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: November 5, 2010 11:55 pm
Edited on: November 6, 2010 1:16 am
 

Montero taking over behind the plate for Yanks?

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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Posted on: November 2, 2010 8:21 pm
Edited on: November 2, 2010 8:37 pm
 

Don't count out Yankees on Victor Martinez

Martinez The market for Victor Martinez is ramping up.

V-Mart has been connected to the Rockies, Tigers and of course his former team in the Red Sox. However, more teams are certain to inquire into Martinez' services, and The Sports Network via the Miami Herald believes Martinez would be perfect in Toronto.

With ex-Boston pitching coach John Farrell in the fold, Martinez would see a familiar face helming up an 85-win team that may be poised to take the next step forward.

"If it makes sense, and the value is there, we have full authority to be able to move forward," GM Alex Anthopoulous said, adding he would not be afraid to trade prospects for major-league pieces if there was a fit.

Toronto will be seeking at least one more bat to pair with its young stars, and Martinez might be just the bat. He would be able to play behind the dish the majority of the time and help mentor youngster J.P. Arencibia, as well as shifting to first base and perhaps receiving some time at designated hitter. On the days Martinez catches, Arencibia could DH and on the days V-Mart plays first, Adam Lind could head to the DH spot.

While that could end up the case, another team is being overlooked when it comes to chasing Martinez, and that's the Yankees.

New York is ready to transition Jorge Posada to a full-time DH's role and will likely cut ties with the longtime backstop once his contract expires after 2011. Francisco Cervelli is not a viable option to start, and Austin Romine is still a few years away from eventually taking over the receiver's position -- and no, Jesus Montero is simply not viable as a catcher.

Enter Martinez -- the best free-agent option on the market. It makes too much sense.

In the end, however, the amount of years Martinez wants is likely to derail New York. While Martinez coudl DH in future years if needed, the club has Mark Teixeira locked up until the end of time, nullifying a possible spot Martinez could shift to on certain days as he could in Toronto. In addition, the Yankees won't be eager to commit four or five years to V-Mart (especially after Posada's five-year deal hasn't exactly worked out swimmingly), while other teams (like Detroit or perhaps Boston) should reach at least the four-year threshold.

New York has never been counted out of bringing in top free agents -- you're seein that with everyone fitting Cliff Lee for pinstrips and warning others that Carl Crawford and Jayson Werth could be headed to the Bronx.

But nary a peep on V-Mart. And that's a mistake, because of all the free-agent hitters, Martinez may be the best fit.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: September 29, 2010 7:53 pm
 

Yankees want to win division

Joe Girardi At one point, the Yankees said they weren't worried about winning the American League East title -- instead, they just wanted to make the playoffs.

Hours after clinching a postseason spot, manager Joe Girardi changed course, rolling out a lineup full of regulars, minus Jorge Posada, Curtis Granderson and Brett Gardner.

"You see our lineup," Girardi told reporters, including the Star-Ledger 's Marc Carig . "We're playing to win this division. We'll be smart about it, but we're still playing to win this division."

The Yankees are a half-game behind the Rays, who finish their home schedule tonight against the Orioles before heading to Kansas City for four games.

In that push to win the division, Girardi announced Andy Pettitte would start Friday in Boston, followed by A.J. Burnett on Saturday, but didn't announce a starter for Sunday's season-finale.

If the Yankees don't win the division, they'll play the Twins in the first round. If they win the division, they'd play the Rangers.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: September 8, 2010 4:28 pm
Edited on: September 8, 2010 6:06 pm
 

Posada sits with concussion symptoms

Jorge Posada
Yankees catcher Jorge Posada was unavailable for Wednesday's game against the Orioles, reporting symptoms consistent with a concussion after being shaken up by a foul tip on Tuesday. Manager Joe Girardi told reporters after the game that Posada saw a neurologist.

It's been a rough year in baseball for concussions, which have no set timeline for recovery. The Twins are likely to be without Justin Morneau and the Mets without Jason Bay for the season after lingering symptoms. Hopefully for Yankees fans this won't turn into a major issue.

UPDATE: The Yankees sent an email to reporters updating his status: "Tests performed this afternoon by a neurology specialist at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital were negative. Physicians have cleared Posada for competitive play and he is listed as day-to-day." Sounds like good news.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: July 19, 2010 1:21 pm
Edited on: July 19, 2010 4:16 pm
 

Trade deadline buyer: New York Yankees

As the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline looms, the CBS Facts & Rumors team will look at the biggest players leading up to the deadline. This week we'll look at the teams who will be talked about the most; next week will be the players who might be moved.

Every transaction talk, be it trades or free agents, seems to start with the Yankees and this time is no different.

Brian Cashman Record: 58-33, three games ahead of the Rays and 6 1/2 in front of the Red Sox.
GM: Brian Cashman
Expectations: Anything short of another World Series title is failure, plain and simple.
Payroll status: Not that it matters, the Yankees had an opening day payroll of more than $213 million and already have more than $144 million on the books for 2011.

What they need

Starting pitcher: With Andy Pettitte on the disabled list and A.J. Burnett's recent hissy fit, the Yankees suddenly look to need at least one starter. Until now, the opening day rotation of CC Sabathia, Pettitte, Burnett, Javier Vazquez and Phil Hughes had started all but two of their games. That could be matched this week alone. The team may also be wary of letting Hughes' innings add up through a pennant race and the playoffs. Sergio Mitre is scheduled to start in Pettitte's place, but until now, he's been more successful as a reliever than a starter.

Bullpen help: Starting pitching isn't the only pitching concern the Yankees have as Joba Chamberlain's days as the bridge to Mariano Rivera may be numbered, and it's not as if Chan Ho Park is going to step up and replace him.

Damaso Marte was placed on the disabled list this weekend with Boone Logan called up as the team's only left-handed reliever.

Big bat: Marcus Thames has been better than expected as the Yankees designated hitter, hitting .287/.396/.437 with three homers and 13 RBI in 87 at-bats, but he's hardly a difference-maker. This spot -- especially if Jorge Posada is healthy enough not to need a DH safety net -- could be upgraded, especially if that upgrade could be a spot starter in the outfield.

Bench help: After the regulars, the Yankees feature the likes of Ramiro Pena and Colin Curtis. The team could certainly upgrade its depth in both the infield and the outfield.

Who may fit

Ted Lilly Starting pitcher: Cliff Lee would have been a great fit, but he's gone. Lee was the marquee name available and there's a decided step down after the newest Texas Ranger. Other starters out there are Ted Lilly, Jake Westbrook, Brett Myers, Roy Oswalt, Dan Haren and maybe even someone like Brian Bannister.

Reliever: There are stop-gap attempts like David Aardsma and Leo Nunez, or the Yankees could go for the kill with someone like Royals closer Joakim Soria. Soria is under club control until 2014, so it would take more than just cash, but also top-flight prospects to get the Royals closer and team him with Rivera to make a formidable back of the bullpen.

Other, less expensive, fits could be either of the Blue Jays pair of relievers, Scott Downs or Jason Frasor.

Bat: Again, going for the kill would be Adam Dunn. Dunn in new Yankee Stadium would be a marriage made in heaven. Dunn doesn't want to DH and he doesn't really have any other value, but he would flourish both in the American League and in pinstripes. Still, the Yankees may not want to give up too much for a player they can just buy in the offseason.

If the Yankees can find a top-end starter, they could send Vazquez to Philadelphia for Jayson Werth. David DeJesus would upgrade the outfield, as well.

Bench help:
Wes Helms and Ty Wigginton are corner possibilities and Wigginton can play second, as well. Xavier Nady and Austin Kearns are possible outfield bats that may not be big, but could work for the Yankees.

Trade chips

Jesus Montero Catching prospect Jesus Montero was reportedly only available for Lee, however the almighty dollar is always available. Any team looking to clear cash off the bottom line will talk to the Yankees, who could send middling prospects loaded up with money sacks to any team that's interested. And there are always teams interested in that kind of prospect.

Right-hander Zach McAllister is 7-6 with a 4.82 ERA in 18 starts at Triple-A. He doesn't have dominant stuff, but has good control and projects as a back of the rotation-type pitcher.

Right-hander Ivan Nova, 23, has better stats than McAllister (7-2, 3.21, 78 strikeouts in 103 2/3 innings) and has an impressive fastball. Nova has impressive talent, but has also struggled with consistency as a pro. This season is his best yet, and there's a question as to whether he's reached his ceiling. Still, he's got enough talent to be intriguing to other teams.

Mark Melancon has long been bantered about as the replacement for Rivera when Mo decides to turn his sights to Cooperstown, but Melancon has yet to live up to that hype. He could be one of those players that need a change in scenery to live up to his potential, and there's enough potential for other teams to take a chance on him.

Other possibilities include SS Eduardo Nunez and 2B David Adams, who was one of the other guys mentioned in the Lee trade.

Predictions: The Yankees will add a reliever and a starter -- possibly Lilly and the lefty Downs. Other than that, the team may think it doesn't have to do too much to keep ahead of the Rays and Red Sox.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 13, 2010 12:06 pm
Edited on: July 13, 2010 2:02 pm
 

Yankees paid more than Steinbrenner's invesment

George Steinbrenner bought the Yankees for a net price of $8.8 million from CBS in 1973 (it was $10 million, but then sold two parking lots back to CBS for $1.2 million). Here's a list of the 10 Yankees with base salaries more than that for just this season:

Alex Rodriguez $32 million
CC Sabathia $23 million
Derek Jeter $21 million
Mark Teixeira $20 million
A.J. Burnett $16.5 million
Mariano Rivera $15 million
Jorge Posada $13.1 million
Andy Pettitte $11.75 million
Javier Vazquez $11.5 million
Robinson Cano $9 million

Forbes magazine valued the team as worth $1.6 billion in April.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: June 19, 2010 12:26 pm
 

Jeter scratched from Yankees' lineup


Derek Jeter was scratched from the Yankees lineup on Saturday with a bruised right heel and Ramiro Pena will get the start at shortstop against the Mets.

Jeter hurt his foot in Friday's game and is in a slump. Jeter has just one hit in his last 20 at-bats and "Captain Clutch" failed to live up to his name Friday night, as he struck out on three pitches with bases loaded and one out with the bases loaded. In June, Jeter is hitting just .209. That's still better than his replacement, Pena is hitting  .186 on the season.

Alex Rodriguez played third base last night, so he is the designated hitter today, with Jorge Posada behind the plate for the first time since Wednesday.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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