Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Posada forces himself out of catching spot

This is the problem with social media: words get out too quickly and are impossible to take back, like when Laura Posada tweeted that her husband Jorge Posada is now the designated hitter for the New York Yankees.

But Posada apparently has no one to blame for the pre-spring training change than himself. At his charity event this weekend, he spoke of wanting to know before pitchers and catchers report about whether he would still be the primary catcher for the Yankees. His public comments seemed to have forced Brian Cashman to spell out Posada's role on the team in November rather than February.

Posada's catching future was definitely on the agenda when Cashman and other Yankee officials had their organizational meetings in Tampa last week. They likely made the decision then to give their young prospects a legitimate shot at winning the big-league catching job, especially after Posada's injury-plagued season that will force him to go under the knife for a knee operation.

But the Yankees probably would have liked to wait until spring training to see if Austin Romine or Jesus Montero played particularly well, giving them cover to move Posada. By speaking out, Posada essentially forced the team to go public with its plans sooner than they would have liked and left them with little room to change their minds, unless he has a superior spring training from both a defensive and offensive perspective.

Jorge would have been so much better off if he just kept quiet amid all the media speculation and headed to Tampa in February prepared to fight like crazy to keep his job. At least he knows what the deal is and can start to prepare for baseball life as a full-time DH.

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