Yankees Posada Would be a Reluctant 1B Backup

Jorge Posada #20 of the New York Yankees plays first base

Nick Johnson, Lance Berkman, and Juan Miranda weren’t exactly great players for the Yankees, but at different times in 2010 each player did act as a backup to first baseman Mark Teixeira.

That actually proved important by the end of the season when Teixeira had an injured groin, foot, and thumb.

This season none of those players are gone so it has opened the question of whom is going to be the Yankees backup first baseman.

Eric Chavez and Ronnie Belliard seem to most likely candidates. There is always Nick Swisher in an emergency too. Jorge Posada has played 146.2 innings at first base, would he be up for it?

Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York caught up with Posada and asked him the question. Here is what he said:

“I’m not comfortable, but I’ll do it.”

So yeah, that gives you a lot of confidence in him. But realistically he is another option. In fact when I looked up his first base experience I was surprised to see that he even had 146.2 innings logged there in his career. Most of that actually came from a 12 game stint there in 2000, but he has played there at least once every year since 2006 too.

So Posada is a realistic backup option at first base. Just don’t expect him to get that call too often. I think Chavez is still the most likely man for the job.

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8 Responses to Yankees Posada Would be a Reluctant 1B Backup

  1. Susan says:

    Swisher should be the person. He was originally signed to be our 1b anyway. No way should Posada be anywhere near the field ever again aside from being an emergency catcher.

  2. I understand what you are saying Susan, but Swisher has been the everyday right fielder for two years. Personally, I think it would be better off for the team and him if he was just left alone out there. Don’t mess with him and make him play a second position.

    Also, I think that the lineup is stronger with Chavez at first and Swisher in right than with Swish at first and Andruw Jones in right.

  3. Susan says:

    Maybe so Rob. If it were a long term injury or something to Tex, I’d say put Swisher at 1b and either AJ in right or get another outfielder. I’m not convinced Chavez makes the team to be honest, though I liked him in Oakland. Plus he’s cute, which never hurts. By the way, after Mariano, Swish is my second favorite Yankee! :)

  4. Mike S. says:

    Hey, the more versatility you have, the better! It’s good that if anything happens to Teix, that the Yanks have options with Swisher, Posada or Chavez, without having to dip down into AAA. That is a good thing!

  5. Susan says:

    But nobody plays "D" like Tex! Maybe the best since Mattingly. I have heard the the new Red Sux 1b is really good defensively. Anyone thinn he'll give Tex a run for the gold glove?

  6. From what I hear, Teixeira is better, but not by much.

  7. af says:

    I like the idea of AJ in right. Let Swish pitch…