How Posada could return to the Bronx

December, 26, 2011
12/26/11
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Other than as a member of the enemy or a paying customer, that is:

The only way, it seems, that Jorge Posada will return to the Yankees for 2012 is if for some reason, an irresistible trade arises in the next six weeks that persuades the Yankees to part with Jesus Montero, a prospect that seems rather remote at this point.

According to sources I have spoken with, the Yankees see Posada as strictly a left-handed hitting DH, a luxury they cannot afford to carry as long as Montero, who is expected to assume most of the DH duties in 2012, is on the roster.

Backup catcher, maybe? Out of the question. Aside from the fact Posada caught in just one game all last season, one source listed the Yankees catching depth chart for 2012 as follows: Russell Martin, Montero, Francisco Cervelli.

"I just don't see a spot for him right now," the source said.

Do you?
Wallace Matthews has covered New York sports since 1983 as a reporter, columnist, radio host and TV commentator. He covers the Yankees for ESPNNewYork.com after working for Newsday, the New York Post, the New York Sun and ESPN New York 98.7 FM.
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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Masahiro Tanaka
WINS ERA SO IP
12 2.51 135 129
OTHER LEADERS
BAJ. Ellsbury .277
HRM. Teixeira 20
RBIJ. Ellsbury 55
RB. Gardner 77
OPSB. Gardner .788
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