November 10, 2010

Posada told he’ll DH. Who’s your catcher?

My guess is the Opening Day starter won’t be Jesus Montero. Why do I say that? Because there’s only been one player with no major league experience to start in the field for the Yankees on Opening Day in the Derek Jeter era. I’ll give you a second to think.

OK, here’s a hint: his first name rhymes with Reid Gorecki’s last name.

Hideki Matsui. And he had nine years of Japanese baseball under his belt.

The five homegrown starters in last year’s Opening Day lineup were Derek Jeter, Nick Johnson, Robinson Cano, Jorge Posada and Brett Gardner. All of whom debuted midseason after they were groomed into their respective positions by veterans (Tony Fernandez, Tino Martinez, Tony Womack, Joe Girardi and Johnny Damon, respectively). I expect nothing different from the Yankees with how they handle the beast named Montero.

If Posada is now just an emergency catcher at best, I expect the Yankees to pick up a cheap free agent catcher like John Buck (mentioned by LoHud). Here’s this year’s entire free agent list to browse for catchers, but the Yankees could also look for trade options.

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