When Yankee manager Joe Girardi announced before Sunday night’s game that he was going to start playing Eric Chavez as the DH facing Righty pitchers, the implications of that move were fairly obvious. Jorge already lost most of his playing time against Lefties after his miserable showing against them (.103/.188/.121) this year. His OPS line for the year puts him at 10th in the AL among DHs (min 300 PA). The only everyday DH who’s been worse than Jorge is Adam Dunn, and he’s signed to a huge contract and plays for a losing team. In Jorge’s case the money isn’t a factor, in the final year of his deal it is viewed as already being spent.
Jorge is a DH who isn’t hitting. The Yankees don’t view him as a Catcher except in emergency situations. He’s capable of playing 1B, but so are Nick Swisher and Eric Chavez. The very fact that he’s taking up a roster spot hurts the team, carrying 13 pitchers and the bare minimum 3 man bench. The 6 man rotation has crowded out a roster spot for even Jesus Montero, unless they demote a pitcher. The most likely candidate would be Noesi, but then you don’t have a long man. If the 6 man is here to stay for a while as they figure out what they have in Hughes and Nova, then there’s really nowhere to open up a spot on the roster. You can’t demote Wade or Ayala, you’ll lose them to waivers and both have been effective members of the AL’s best bullpen.
They won’t demote Cervelli, he’s CC’s personal catcher and the Yanks like his defense and positional flexibility. Releasing Jorge and promoting Montero simply doesn’t work unless its temporary, you still would have nowhere to put Alex when he comes back. I know some folks don’t love Cervelli, but you have a hard time finding a scout that thinks Montero is a big league catcher. I heard Cashman say this week that he thinks the reason why the pitching has been so much better this year is in part due to ‘his two fine defensive catchers’. The Yanks like Cervelli, he’s CC’s boy and Sabathia’s having way too good a season to mess with his mojo. Also, think about this. Just a few weeks ago, Cervelli had to play 2B when they tried to give Cano a half day off. Had Montero been on the roster instead of Cervelli, you would have had to vacate the DH, which means the pitcher is batting. That could be a fiasco, we all remember what happened to Chien Ming Wang a few years back. They’re carrying a short bench as it is, Montero’s inability to play defense just exacerbates that situation.
Alex Rodriguez has already resumed baseball activities and is slated to start playing rehab games this Friday, August 12th. Let’s give A-Rod a week of rehab games and slide him back onto the roster for the 19-20th. That gives the Yanks 11 days until rosters expand, and nowhere to put Jorge. Here’s a scenario for how this plays out. Brian Cashman approaches Jorge and tell him the team wants to DL him for the next 10 days until rosters expand on September 1st. After that, barring injury he’s not guaranteed any playing time, other than as an occasional PH. There’s no way he will even sniff a roster spot in the playoffs, again barring injury. Jorge shouldn’t be surprised by this conversation. Losing his playing time against Righties means he is effectively already off the team as a productive member. They’re going to want to get a good look at Montero in September, so there’s really no playing time on this team going forward for Posada. At that point, it will be Jorge’s call. He can accept the DL stint everyone will know is phony and the prospect of little to no playing time in September. If he does, he can finish his career as a Yankee and avoid the ignominy of being released during the season. If he still thinks he has something left in the tank, he’ll want an opportunity to latch on with another club to try to land a contract for next season. We all know how proud Jorge is, and we all know he already asked for his release once this season. If that’s what he really wants, it wouldn’t even surprise me if Jorge made the first move here. The Yankee have put the handwriting on the wall, the final move will be up to him.
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