This is from last week, but with the Winter Meetings it got overlooked. Anyway, Erik Boland of Newsday spoke with Yankees manager Joe Girardi last Wednesday and got some tentative plans out of the manager for rookie Jesus Montero.
Here are the bullet points:
- Montero will not be guaranteed a roster spot, but the Yankees are planning for him to be a part of the everyday lineup.
- He won’t be the full-time DH as they expect to cycle veterans like Alex Rodriguez and Derek Jeter into that spot too.
- They could carry three catchers including Russell Martin, Francisco Cervelli, and Montero.
- They still consider him a catcher and will get behind the plate a lot in spring training and then will find spots to use him during the year.
- Girardi told ESPN NY that Montero may also play some first base.
- Cashman ruled out the outfield for Montero.
My guess is that Montero plays about 30-40 games behind home plate, 90-100 games as the DH, and no more than 10 at first base. That is of course unless there is an injury or trade.