So now we know that the rumors we’ve been hearing have been true: namely that Joe Girardi and Jorge Posada don’t get along, have not gotten along since they were both catching for the Yankees, and Jorge took the job away from Joe back in 1998, and that that appears to be what was behind the weekend blowout where Posada asked to be taken out of the game after being demoted to the ninth spot in the lineup
Daily News writer Mark Feinsand puts it this way in today’s edition: “Posada’s refusal to follow Girardi’s scouting reports stuck with the manager through the years, the source said, making this year’s decision to convert him into a full-time designated hitter a predictable one.
“Girardi couldn’t wait to get him out from behind the plate, the source said. He hated the way he called a game.”
OK, but haven’t a lot of people complained about Posada’s game calling over the years? Let’s be fair and admit that Girardi is far from the first. Let’s also admit that there’s a great deal more involved in Posada’s demotion, if you want to call it that, to DH than just his game-calling. He was 38 last season and caught just 80 games; what could possibly have made him think that a year later he’d be catching more than that? In 2009, he batted .285, last year just .248, and this year is .179 with an arrow going south. He’s 0-for-24 batting right-handed, which sort of negates the point of being a switch hitter. (Has anyone suggested to him that he might be better off simply batting left-handed all the time? How much worse could he do against left-handed pitching than nothing?)
In other words, he’s too old to catch and his hitting skills are rapidly declining. So the rumor in today’s New York Post that he wants to be traded is positively delusional. What exactly does he think is the trade value for a 39-year-old catcher making $13 million who can’t catch, hit, or run?
So what’s going to happen? In last Saturday’s Post, Mike Vaccaro says what we’ve been saying here for weeks: the logical replacement and the deal that makes possible sense for both sides is Carlos Beltran to the Bronx.