Due to Nick Johnson’s extended absence–during which he’s concentrated on his mustache growing skills–the DH situation for the Yankees has been a bit in flux. With the recall of Juan Miranda, though, it appears that the Yankees are going to let Jorge Posada catch as much as he can while platooning Miranda and Marcus Thames in the non-fielding spot. This all has me wondering what’s going to happen in 2011. There’s at least one free agent worth wondering about (and he could be a possible trade candidate) and of course, there’s El Carpentiero.
The FA candidate is, of course, Adam Dunn. His contract is up after this season and we’ve gotten wind in the last week or so that extension talks between the Nationals and him are cooling. As a strict DH, Dunn could do some serious damage in the American League, especially in Yankee Stadium III. Of course, we don’t know if Dunn would like to just DH. His defense is objectively horrible, but he may still want to get a chance to “play” a position every day. If he wants to DH, though, the Yankees should take a look.
Other free agent big bats include Lance Berkman (has an option), Jason Giambi, Paul Konerko, Derek Lee, Lyle Overbay, and Carlos Pena.
Of course, though, signing a full time DH is likely to shoot the Yankees plans for the catcher position. Though he could benefit from more time in the minors–as all could–it could end up that Jesus Montero breaks 2011 camp with the big league team. We know all about Montero: the bat is there, but we’re really unsure on the glove/position.
If the Yankees are smart, and I generally assume that they are, they will attempt to let him fail at catcher before sending him to the DH pasture.
What I outlined above is probably the most likely scenario for the 2011 Yankees. If this comes to fruition, I assume the Yankees will do what we generally do not like: carry three catchers. Francisco Cervelli will be the back up catcher for at least one more year while Posada and Montero split the catcher/DH duties. This lets Jorge get a breather every once and a while ’cause he’s old and it lets Montero ease into the position and, if he’s awful at it, will cut down on his time catching.
And, honestly, option two (the Posmontvelli option), is the one I’d prefer the Yankees to do. It saves the Yankees money on a non-versatile player and it gives them a chance to lightly break in their biggest prospect bat.
There is, obviously, a chance that Montero doesn’t immediately play with the Yankees, though. In that case, I assume the Yankees will again do a cheap DH platoon to start the season. What do you guys think the Yankees should do for their 2011 DH?