15 May 2011

What's Next for Jorge Posada & the Yankees?

It has been well reported how Jorge Posada asked out of the lineup for last night's game against the Boston Red Sox after it was announced he was hitting ninth. There's no question how much Posada has been struggling this season at the plate, as his .165 batting average is the lowest amongst qualifying batters in MLB this season. But this is more than just his struggles at the plate, could this be signaling a divorce between the New York Yankees and one of its "Core Four?"

Where the controversy gets really interesting is whether Posada refused to play or simply asked out of the lineup. The Associated Press reported that Posada "refused" to play, which is different than Posada's story that he just asked out of the lineup. 
Word is the Yanks were not happy about him not wanting to bat. In fact, the organization has reportedly been in contact with the Commissioner's office about a possible penalty for Posada. They could fine him one day's pay and could put him on the restricted list if he declines to play in tonight's game against Boston.
Posada was irritated when New York General Manager Brian Cashman spoke with FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal during the game about Posada's no-go where Cashman said that Posada was not injured. 
"I don't know why he made a statement during the game. I don't understand that. That's the way he works now, I guess, " Posada said. "I think we should have waited for the game to be over to talk to whoever. ... You don't do that. You're not supposed to do that."
Now I can't see into the future or anything, but I really believe that the Yankees and Posada are headed to a divorce. Posada's bat is simply not there, which is tough to keep in the lineup as a designated hitter, and he cannot catch anymore. The Yankees, thanks to a bunch of shrewd signings, have a pretty solid bench and are stacked at catcher as Russell Martin has been a great signing, Francisco Cervelli is a very good defensive backstop, and top prospect Jesus Montero has a bat that's ready for the majors. The thing with Montero is that I do not think he can be a major league catcher and that he will either have to play first base or DH in the majors. The Yankees have no opening at first base, obviously, but they just may have an opening at DH. And I just believe that Posada will be cut by the organization as summer comes near. 

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