Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Posada May Be Out For The Season

He's been a great catcher and he seems like a great guy -- and you know this killing him -- but this is the sort of thing you risk when you sign a 36 year-old catcher to a multi-year deal:
Jorge Posada, the proud Yankees catcher whose throwing has been obviously impaired by a labrum injury, said he is considering season-ending shoulder surgery. Posada will have a magnetic resonance imaging test on Tuesday to assess the extent of the damage to a shoulder problem that will not go away . . .

. . . Posada said this surgery would be more intensive than his last surgery, which occurred after the 2001 season. He was ready for spring training the next February, but he said the surgery this time could carry a six-month recovery period. Having surgery now could be Posada’s only option to start 2009 healthy.
I know everyone in Yankeeland would prefer this not to happen, but with Molina playing as well as he has been -- and with the team really needing a 100% Posada over the next couple of years of that deal -- it seems like a no-brainer to shut him down.

5 comments:

Eric said...

do you think anyone in Boston is raising their eyebrows at this?

it seems this may be the type of foreshadowing that could be useful in deciding what to do with jason varitek.

Jason said...

I'd bummed to see Posada go under the knife, but in trying to maintain a modicum of perspective, this is necessary. The Yanks don't need another DH for 3 years in Posada. They need him to catch.

Molina's defense/arm has been a revelation though sometimes I think he holds the wrong end of the bat.

As for Varitek, I can see Boston being VERY reluctant to go more than 2 years. Maybe they give him a similar "career thank you" contract that Posada got, but for 3 years. Boston's FO is pretty darn smart so you can't seem them over-extending. They were able to let Pedro go, Damon go, Millar go...

Daniel said...

I had to check that last comment about Molina, since I wanted to see just how bad the Angel's platoon (Mathis and Napoli) have been in comparison. And it turns out Molina is really really bad at hitting. And other than his 3 - 4 last night, he's been pretty consistently bad at hitting.

Molina is a defensive stud while Mathis/Napoli have allowed something like 30 straight stolen bases, but a .570 OPS is ugly.

Dre said...

$52.4M sunk cost... so many bad deals this past offseason

Eric said...

jason i agree with you (although how smart do they look for signing lugo??... i'm confused everyday but that)

i wrote an email to my gf that my buddy posted on his website www.sportsloon.com

the jist was that there shouldve been a 2 year exit plan in place for varitek that should've started happen 2 years ago. the guy couldve been bard but they panicked over his ability to catch wakefield.

now that exit strategy (i think) will commence this off-season and it will presumably be sloppy and will hurt the team barring a major trade for a catching prospect who is MLB ready that i dont know about.

as far as i can tell teagarden, salty, clement arent going anywhere...