Back on July 21, I wrote a post about what the Yankees could do if Jorge Posada completely tanked. Well, it appears that he has. Posada has been pretty bad since then–a .268/.302/.317/.619 line–and the Yankees have decided to take Posada out of the lineup as the DH against right handed pitching.
It appears that they’re going to go with the DH platoon of Eric Chavez and Andruw Jones that I outlined earlier, unless they change course and call up Jesus Montero soon. Such a move would help get his bat acclimated to the Majors, keep Chavez’s bat in the lineup, or spell Russell Martin when needed. A trade can’t happen unless the Yankees make a waiver trade, but that market is essentially impossible for outsiders to read. So, now what? There is a non-zero chance that Jorge gets cut, but I doubt that happens.
Anyway, I figure it’s time for me to reflect on Posada a bit…
A little more than a year ago, I wrote about Jorge’s case for the Hall of Fame and reaffirmed my belief that he is a Hall of Fame player. Whether or not he gets in is another question, but his career is clearly coming to an inglorious end.
This is an odd feeling that I’m not quite used to, though it’s something I’m going to have to get used to quickly. While Andy Pettitte retired while he was still effective, so it was relatively easy to say goodbye to him. Bernie Williams slowly but surely burned out and watching him those last few years was pretty painful. I thought we were entering that territory with Derek Jeter earlier this year, but he’s rebounded a bit since coming off of the DL. Posada, though, seems like his decline is an imperfect storm.
His decline in skill as been just as big as Bernie’s was, but it wasn’t drawn out like his. It’s been abrupt. It’s been sudden. It’s been in our faces. Perhaps if he was still able to catch, this wouldn’t be so bad, but the fact that he’s in a position in which hitting is the only job makes it all seem so much worse. It doesn’t help that Posada’s been such a great bat for such a long time.
In a way, though, this is better. This is the last season of Posada’s contract, and I doubt he ends up with another team in 2012. Unlike Bernie’s situation, this is happening quickly and it will be over quickly. Maybe that’s for the better.
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