Posada doesn’t have two more seasons beyond this one on his contract, with a player option for a third. He has only until the All-Star break, give or take a couple of weeks, to prove he can be a productive member of a winning Yankees team.
If he fails in that pursuit, his distinguished career in pinstripes will end. The Yankees would never release Posada before his best friend’s milestone achievement, likely arriving by the end of next week. They don’t want to release him at all, in fact, not after he’s given them so many years of Thurman-like grit.
But they will do what they have to do if Posada’s play forces them to do it, a truth that makes his three hits more meaningful than the two hits Jeter managed in reducing his magic number to 12.
It’s hard to imagine that the Yankees would actually release Jorge Posada, but it very well could happen if he remains a black hole in the lineup. The Yankees are near the bottom of the league in terms of offense from their DH and if Posada can’t help to change that, the Yankees will have to find somebody else who can.
The Yankees could have a couple of options here. The most obvious is Jesus Montero who could be called up and DH while occasionally catching. Or the Yankees could attempt at making a deal for someone like Vladimir Guerrero perhaps.
Whatever it is, it just makes sense that a hitter who is hitting just .195 into June would be in danger of losing his job.