Jorge Posada struggled in 2009 defensively, but despite that the Yankees went into this season thinking that he would be their primary catcher. That was a mistake.
In the end he was only able to catch in 83 games this season, less than any other year except 2008 and his rookie season. Even when he was in there the Yankees would probably have been better off with somebody else, anybody else.
Among catchers with at least 600 innings, Posada had the second worst throwing arm in baseball, only two catchers had allowed more past balls, and only two catchers with a worse fielding percentage. He has also lost the confidence of some of his pitchers, A.J. Burnett and Joba Chamberlain. When it comes to catchers, defensively you can’t get much worse.
Between his poor defense and his inconsistency to stay healthy when on the field the Yankees have decided to make him the permanent DH in 2011. Instead they have committed to going with young, untested, and defensive question mark in Jesus Montero.
One thing about Posada though, he can still rake.
Posada’s wOBA of .357, despite being below his career average, was still ranked sixth in all of baseball among catchers with at least 400 plate appearances. His walk rate, strikeout rate, and is isolated power rate were all along with his career norms which means that a big dropoff in 2011 isn’t expected.
His final 2010 numbers were overall impressive even with the time he missed due to various injuries, the biggest being a foot injury in May/June. He finished with 120 games, 18 homers, 49 runs, 57 RBI’s, a .248 average, and an .811 OPS. Not bad.
Posada still has one year left on a four year deal. He’s expected to be the Yankees full time DH in 2011. As long as he doesn’t have to catch too often that should be fine. His .357 wOBA would rank right in the middle of the pack among DH’s. Along with the rest of the Yankees potent offense that should fit in just fine. After that he’ll probably retire or possibly sign a one-year deal and come back as the 2012 DH.