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Yanks could have designated dilemma

Jorge Posada on the first day of workouts

Jorge Posada on the first day of workouts for pitchers and catchers at Yankees spring training in Tampa, Fla. (Feb. 15, 2011) Photo Credit: Newsday / Thomas A. Ferrara

Jorge Posada is off to a 1-for-12 start (.083) in spring training, but that small sample is not predictive. Or is it?

In the larger picture, using Posada as the full-time DH could leave the Yankees lacking as compared with other teams in the American League East.

A breakdown, with 2010 stats:

 

Yankees: Jorge Posada (.248 avg., 22 HR, 81 RBIs)

The presumption is that Posada will be stronger over a full season without the rigors of catching. If he is not, there isn’t much of a Plan B. Andruw Jones will gets some at-bats, and Alex Rodriguez can fill in when he needs a rest from playing the field. A few years back, the Yankees rewarded Posada by giving him a four-year contract. It might have been one year too many.

Boston: David Ortiz (.270 / 32 / 102)

Just when it seems he has had it, the big numbers come back. And he’s playing for another contract.

Tampa Bay: Manny Ramirez (.298 / 9 / 42)

Is there anything left (no pun intended) in the potential Hall of Fame player? The Yankees would prefer he not be in their division. 

Baltimore: Vladimir Guerrero (.300 / 29 / 115)

Everyone always counts him out (remember when the Mets had concerns about his back), but he’s still a feared hitter.

Toronto: Edwin Encarnacion (.244 / 21 / 51)

Nothing special.


 

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