Posted on: January 30, 2011 9:39 am

Is Jorge going to be a problem this year?

I have been trying to ignore this story seeing all the other issues that the Yankees have had to deal with this off season. Then I got my coffee and read one of my favorite blogs this morning and decided that this might become an issue. When asked about being the full time DH this year, this is what Jorge had to say.

“I can’t complain. I always like to catch, I’m used to catching, but if they want me to DH to help out the team, you have to do that,” Posada said initially. “It is what it is. I look forward to everything I do. I try to help out the team, and if that’s going to help out the team and that’s what they want, I’m OK with it.”

Still, he later added that he expects to see some action behind the plate at some point in 2011.

“I’ll catch. I’ll catch. I’ll catch this year,” Posada said. "I’ll DH and then they’re going to want me to catch one of those days. I’m keeping an open mind. I would love to catch. I’m training like I always do, and if I have to catch, I’ll catch.”

Now, this may seem like nothing and if you didn't really follow Posada throughout his career, well you really wouldn't pay attention to any of it. Although, if you know him like most of us do and you realize how hot headed and stubborn he can be...well, you get a little worried, Imagine a scenario where Russel Martin does what we all expect him to do, hit .200 through April and May while Jesus Montero is swinging at everything short of a bag of peanuts from the stands and missing it all. Now there is an obvious hole in the line up and Jorge is having a fine start of the season batting a solid .280 with his usual power stroke. Then the chirping starts "why not let Jorgie catch and get a bat to fill the DH?" Then, the never under spoken Jorge starts replying "my knee feels great, I could catch every day if they needed me too?!" And the firestorm starts.

Now maybe I'm blowing this out of proportion and going a bit out of bounds here but if any of you remember the last contract negotiations between the brass and Posada camp, you know things can get ugly fast here. Any time you have a highly paid aging star who is on his way out and a young gun trying to replace him, you can count on one thing. Jorge is not going out that door quietly. This may end up being nothing and I could end up looking like and idiot here but like the Black Eyed Peas have so eloquently proclaimed "I gotta feeling"

Category: MLB
Posted on: March 22, 2009 10:27 am

Spring Sleepers for 2009...so far??

These guys have stood out for me in the past month of Spring Training and I was hoping to help a few of you out there that haven't had the time (or patience) to notice. I know that spring stats sometimes don't pan out but last year I  was picking in an AL only league and there was a player that was killing the ball all spring, batting .400 while loading up on RBIs. I tossed and turned the night of the draft and finally with my 5th pick I couldn't take it anymore and I pounced....I'll take Josh Hamilton. Everyone in the room said it was too early. On that note, these are the guys that are standing out for me this year.

1. Jordan Zimmerman, Nats- Great spring numbers plus high touted prospect equals great late grab!

2. Mike Fontenot, Cubs- He will start at second and he has the bat to impress.

3. Chris Getz, White Sox- Also starting at second, great speed power combo and rumored to lead off.

4. Pablo Sandoval, Giants- This guy is my favorite sleeper that isn't a sleeper anymore?

5. Anthony Reyes, Indians- I can see him winning 15 this year from the former WS hero.

6. Brett Gardner, Yankees- If he can hold onto CF he will run with it...get it..he's fast, never mind.

7. Paul Maholm, Pirates- I will never again draft a Pirate pitcher but if I had to this would be the one.

8. Tommy Hanson, Braves- He will end the year with better numbers that Price.

9. Elvis Andruss, Rangers- No substance to this, I just have a good feeling about him with the starting nod.

10. Kendry Morales, Angels- Great bat, great glove, 1B, OF eligible and in the middle of a lot of guys that get on base.

Well, I hope this helps someone out there. As we all know, fifty percent of fantasy sports is luck and the other fifty is tons of research and game watching so....... good luck and get to work!



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