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Jesus Montero to get a chance at the Yankees’ starting catching job. Maybe.

Nov 5, 2010, 8:58 AM EDT

Mark Feinsand of the Daily News reports that the Yankees are going to give 21-year-old catching prospect Jesus Montero a chance to win the starting gig.  He notes that there are still reservations about his defense but, man, Jorge Posada, y’all.  How bad could Montero be by comparison?

Steve S. at TYU has the more interesting angle to this, I think:  it’s possibly a bluff by the Yankees in an effort to inflate Montero’s trade value.  His argument basically boils down to “Brian Cashman and the Yankees are always lying about their offseason plans in early November, so don’t be shocked if they shop Montero.”  Pretty compelling argument, actually!

The problem is that we probably really are at a point where Jorge Posada isn’t all that viable behind the plate, so if they do deal Montero, who catches? Austin Romine is the same age as Montero, but he’s only got one sort of “meh” year at Double-A under his belt.  The Yankees could try to sign a solid defensive catcher to bridge the gap, but you hear that kind of thing all the time. Fact is, people who think solid defensive major league catchers are freely available out there are rather deluded. You got, what, John Buck? Yorvit Torrealba? Pierzynski? Are there any spare Molinas lying around? It’s harder to just pick up a catcher like that than you think.

My guess — based on nothin’ really — is that they give Montero a real shot at the job. If for no other reason than that the Yankees are going to need to have some younger offensive producers eventually, and there aren’t many hitting prospects out there better than him.

  1. BC - Nov 5, 2010 at 9:25 AM

    Actually, Torrealba wouldn’t be a bad idea.

  2. churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Nov 5, 2010 at 11:11 AM

    Austin Romine is the same age as Montero, but he’s only got one sort of “meh” year at Double-A under his belt.

    Not only that, but this was the first year he was a full time catcher, and his production dropped off significantly in the second half. And that’s not even a full schedule of MLB games! [note: yes he plays in trenton, which is a known pitchers park, but he still declined in the 2nd half]

    A rotation of Posada and Montero at Catcher and DH with Cervelli being a true backup playing once a week could work, but it’d still be smart to keep Montero down until after June 1 to delay his arbitration clock.

  3. JBerardi - Nov 5, 2010 at 8:51 PM

    The Yankees will definitely give Montero a real chance to catch for them. And, he’ll definitely end up as their DH. He’ll be a good one, too. Fantastic power.

  4. pisano - Nov 6, 2010 at 12:31 AM

    No matter which way they go they can’t have Posada behind the plate . The man is useless there , he can’t throw anyone out and he can’t block the plate either . They say he’s going to get the major load at DH , but at a .248 BA how much can he be counted on ? Also before they give Jeter anymore than a year to year contract they should realize that between Posada and Jeter they’re going to have two not very productive players that are going to hurt you in the defensive end of things . I say get a John Buck and use Posada as a back up and I know they won’t do this , but let Jeter walk . Jeter is going to use his popularity in NY to gouge the Yankees out of as much money as he can because he knows the end is near .

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