Yankees Not Discussing Releasing Posada, But Starting Job In Jeopardy

jorge-posadaVia Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York:

The New York Yankees will reconsider Jorge Posada‘s future with the team if his numbers don’t improve by the All-Star break, according a baseball official with knowledge of the Yankees’ thinking…

…This sets the stage for what could be an inglorious end to Posada’s career with the Yankees. With Posada appearing to be demoted to part-time designated hitter, he must begin to hit consistently to remain on the team…

…The official said there has been “zero discussion” about releasing Posada since the resolution of this weekend’s dispute, when Posada refused to play against the Red Sox on Saturday after Girardi put him at the No. 9 spot in the order. The subject had been broached on Saturday night.

This seems fairly obvious to me. The Yankees are paying Posada $13.1 million this season one way or another so there is no real reason to release him. At the same time he can’t stay in the lineup everyday if he continues to hit below .200.

So for now they will just have him as their part-time DH, playing against righties and resting for somebody else against lefties. That is until he proves himself otherwise. If he hits then he goes back to being a full-time DH and if he doesn’t then he’s gone by the All-Star break and the Yankees either trade for his replacement or call him up from the minors.

He’s not in tonight’s lineup which is now the fourth game out of the last five that he’s missed.

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