Posada’s Shoulder Injury And All It Entails
The Yankees had no choice but to re-sign Jorge Posada after the season he had in 2007 and had they not anted up and given him the fourth guaranteed year, Posada would have gone to another team for that fourth year, likely the Mets. With Posada 36-years-old and probably going on the disabled list for an unspecified amount of time with a torn shoulder muscle, there’s probably some 20/20 hindsight going on about the contract—-NY Times Story.
As much of a team-oriented player that Posada has been for his career and as valuable as he is to the Yankees lineup, he’s being a bit selfish in his proclamation that he’s not going to play first base. If Posada is unable to make the throws a catcher needs to make, and the Yankees need his bat, why is he so adamant that he’s not going to do what the team needs and split time between first base and DH to rest his shoulder and help the team? (And just a note, this isn’t a Mike Francesa-style “everyone can play first base” thing; Posada’s played there before and looked pretty smooth for a neophyte; he can play the position adequately.)
The Yankees can get by with Jose Molina behind the plate and Posada at first base; with Molina behind the plate (and Molina has never played in more than 78 games in one season, so his stamina might be a question as the season rolls on), and players other than Posada at first base and DH, it’s more of a chore for the Yankees to make up Posada’s production. He’s in the first year of a four-year contract and the Yankees made a commitment to him despite his age and the possible durability questions surrounding catchers on the whole. If the team wants to put his possible surgery off until after the season, have him DH and play first base in order to keep his bat in the lineup, he should be a bit more flexible about it for the team. He can contribute with counsel to the pitching staff from first base and in catcher-pitcher meetings just as he would behind the plate and the Yankees need his bat more than his behind the plate defense.