November 08, 2005
SI: Posada On The Block
The New York Yankees are actively gauging trade interest in catcher Jorge Posada, according to baseball executives at the general managers meetings here. And if the Yankees can't move Posada, they have considered acquiring a catcher and giving Posada the bulk of his starts at first base, with Jason Giambi becoming the regular designated hitter.
Mostly, though, it seems to be about Posada's contract. For one, he's one of the few Yankees without no-trade protection. More significantly, Posada is scheduled to earn $8 million next season, and if he catches 63 games in 2006 his $12 million option for '07 becomes guaranteed. (The option vests with 330 games caught from 2004-06. Posada caught 267 games over the past two seasons.) Not even the Yankees, with all their resources, are thrilled about paying $12 million for a catcher who turns 36 that year.
Reading that second snip tells me that Jorge will be playing 1B/DH in New York next year.
Posted by Steve Lombardi at November 8, 2005 04:40 PM
In other words, Cashman has learned nothing. In spending years fighting for the keys to the car, he seems intent on crashing the car on his first drive. Posada at 1st base? Does anyone else think this will end badly? Plus, and I know no one wants to hear this, Giambi just doesn't hit if he's not at 1st base. What good will it do to have a light-hitting DH (Giambi) and a no-field 1st baseman (Posada).
F this off-season plan.
Posted by: MJ at November 8, 2005 09:36 PM
This makes sense. Posada's VORP and a bunch of other statistical indicators have declined with age, as they always do unless your name is Bonds, Williams or Ruth.
Posada still has some offensive value...but the Yanks will undoubtedly pay a good portion of his salary to get a deal done.
Never mind the fact that, even if Jorge can handle 1B - which is not that easy, see: Piazza, Posada is just an average stick now, at best. It seems to make no sense in terms of helping the team........unless.......
...this is all a message to Posada? Could this be the Yankees way to say to him "That $12 million clause means one of two things - you embarrass yourself at 1B all year, or, you get traded out of NY, either way, we're not paying it."
I think Posada likes living in this town. Maybe he's willing to drop that clause in his contract for the rights to stay here another year and catch?
Posted by: Steve Lombardi at November 8, 2005 10:16 PM
The union would nver let Posada give up that clause- even if he wanted to
That's possible. But, if the Yankees bought that right from him now, say, for $250,000, they might be able to swing that through the MLBPA. The case could be made that a bird in the hand is worth the chance to maybe make the $12 mill.
Posted by: Steve Lombardi at November 8, 2005 10:41 PM
Giambi @ 1b full time, Posada starts there on his "days off." Phillips is the caddy/defensive replacement. Everybody wins...
Who would take a 36yo catcher at that price with numbers that have been steadily declining?
I say Posada winds up staying, rotating between C, 1B & DH