Via the NY Daily News:
As for [Jesus Montero], whom the Yankees have been hyping as being ready to step in as their No. 1 catcher next season: “That’s a real reach,” said one of the scouts. “I don’t doubt Montero’s going to hit in the majors, but his defense behind the plate and handling of pitchers still leaves a lot to be desired for me. I just don’t know if he’s ever going to do the work he needs to constantly do to be an accomplished major league catcher.”
Said the other scout: “The Yankees can say all they want about Montero, especially since they’re doing a great job of building his trade value, but you can’t tell me they’re going to turn that $100 million pitching staff over to him next year. The Yankees, above all, know the importance of catching and they’ve got a good one, a potentially very good one, in [Austin Romine]. In my opinion, Romine is ready to catch in the big leagues, and I think in time, he’ll hit .280 with 10-15 homers.”
These paragraphs trouble me. Montero’s bat seems like it has the potential to be very special, but if he doesn’t have a position going forward it makes me think the Yankees will continue to dangle him in trades. If the Yankees can’t sign Cliff Lee this offseason they will be eager to make a trade for an elite starter and Montero is by far their biggest trade chip. It makes me feel like if the Yankees can’t sign Lee, Montero is as good as gone.