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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