[Jorge Posada] said he wants to know if he is going to be the catcher or designated hitter next season before spring training opens. Some in the organization believe Jesus Montero deserves a chance to be the No. 1 catcher with Posada moving to designated hitter.
“I love to catch, I just hope they will be honest with me,” Posada said. “If they want me to catch, I will catch. If they want me to DH, I will DH. I want them to let me know. I don’t want to be a mystery.”
Has Posada really not seen this coming? Between injuries, A.J. Burnett, and Francisco Cervelli, Posada has only caught 70 games on average over the past three years. That’s not even half the season. Now he’s turning 40 next summer and he really thinks that trend is not going to continue?
I suppose it’s not that big of a deal to just tell him that he’ll be catching less than ever in 2011 and that they see him as a DH in 2011, but it just shocks me that he needs to be told at all. After all, when he came up he watched Joe Girardi go from the everyday starting catcher to a backup. The same thing was eventually going to happen to him.
Anyway, it seems Montero will get a chance to win the starting catchers job out of spring training with Austin Romine not too far behind him if he can’t handle the responsibilities defensively. So maybe somebody should just tell that to Jorge now so he can do his sulking in the offseason instead of having it carry over to the regular season.