There might be something to read into the fact that Gustavo Molina caught today instead of Jesus Montero. Cashman said it was Joe Girardi’s decision to send Molina, and he indicated that the veteran is still very much in contention for the backup catcher role. “He was brought in not to be an organizational catcher,” Cashman said. “He was brought in to be an insurance policy, much like a (Ronnie) Belliard, much like some of those other guys. He’s also competing for the spot too.”
The more I think about it, the more this seems like a real possibility. With Jesus Montero struggling and Austin Romine having no experience above Double-A neither are very good options.
Also, calling up either of those two would create complications. If Montero starts the season in the majors, they can’t exactly start Romine in Triple-A if they are just going to send Montero back down after Francisco Cervelli returns. If they start the season with Romine, what are they going to do? Send him back down to Double-A after Cervelli’s return?
The easiest option at this point seems to be Molina. He seems to be a pretty good defensive catcher and he has major league experience. It would likely only be for one month anyway. We’re talking eight games tops. If it ends up being more than that the Yankees can change their plans down the road.
What do you think? Tell us about it.