Monday, January 21, 2008
Most of you already know that Jorge Posada recently signed a four-year, $52.4 million deal with the Yankees. Many people think that by the end of this contract, Jorge will likely be a DH or a first basemen. Although this is probably true, the transition may be a little further down the road than expected. I hadn't thought of this until reading this Yankees' Mailbag. Jorge has not been a catcher his whole life. He was drafted as a second basemen, which I knew but hadn't thought of, and was moved to catcher in 1992. This means he has been catching sixteen years, which is a long time, but not as long as most catchers his age. This may explain why he was able to have such a good year at age 36. He does not have as much wear and tear on his body as most catchers his age do, simply because they have probably been catching since they were about eighteen years old, if not earlier. Jorge has been catching since he was twenty-two, when his body had pretty much already matured. For this reason, he may be able to put off a move to DH or first base for a little while longer than we expected.