Posada is another matter, he proved last year that he has accepted a limited role. But you may ask, "didn't Posada just retire?"
To me, that is an unanswered question. What I mean is that if you look at the details, the rumor is conditional - according to the New York Times, Posada apparently "told teammates that he plans to retire rather than attempt to play for another team at 40." This suggests that Jorge would not retire if the Yankees have a role for him. The Montero now makes that a possibility.
Before proceeding, I should mention 2 items:
- My assumption is that the Yankees will carry 12 pitchers and add someone other than Nunez (Eric Chavez?) to play a part-time 3B role. This would give the Yankees 6 infielders, 2 catchers, 4 outfielders, and room for one more hitter.
- This line of speculation is not sentimental on my part; I want the 2012 Yankees to field the roster with the best chance of winning World Championship #28. If the Yankees can get Carlos Pena to play a limited role, he is no doubt a better choice than Posada, given Jorge's age.
- Posada can play a decent first base on days where Girardi wants to DH Teixeira.
- He can be an emergency 3rd catcher - a luxury in this era of 12-man pitching staffs.
- He can switch-hit; without going into detail, to believe that Posada's horrible righty splits in 2011 mean he is done would mean that you feel judgements can be formed on the basis of 71 plate appearances.
- Even if you believe Jorge is done as a righty, his lefty splits were good, making him if nothing else a viable lefty hitter.
Assuming the Yankees are only looking for a part-time DH, the Yankees do have other types of options. I can think of tons, but here are a couple that strike me as most likely:
- They might prefer someone such as Hideki Matsui who could also serve as a fifth outfielder.
- They might prefer to carry Chris Dickerson or Justin Maxwell as a fifth outfielder, and use the DH spot even more extensively to rest starters.