Ever since Francisco Cervelli has gone down many, myself included, have just assumed that it is now Jesus Montero‘s job to lose and while that could be the case it is important to remember that he hasn’t won anything yet.
Here is what Mark Newman told NoMaas.org earlier this week:
No decision has been made. At-bats are an issue for Montero, but so are innings caught. It depends on how much he plays when discussing the effect on his development.
So from what it sounds like, Newman doesn’t appear exactly thrilled with the idea of Montero starting the season in the big leagues. On the other hand Joe Girardi seems to like the idea of breaking Montero in slowly behind Russell Martin the way they did with him and Jorge Posada. It should be noted that Posada was already 25 when the Yankees started breaking him in and Montero is still just 21. That is a big difference.
So maybe Montero wins the job, but the Yankees still haven’t made up their minds and he hasn’t won anything yet. Two other possibilities include using Austin Romine, even though there would still be the same development issues, or Gustavo Molina. Molina doesn’t seem like a realistic option, but it could be. They could try to carry him on the roster in April and just give Martin the bulk of the playing time as the Yankees wait for Cervelli to return. That does seem like a realistic option at this point.
One person who does not seem like an option at all is Posada. He hasn’t caught one during spring training yet and the Yankees don’t seem to be planning on using him back there at all.