Of course, none of this would be the case for most players. If we were talking about, say, Andruw Jones, he probably would have already been designated for assignment and the Yankees would be calling up someone from Triple-A to help. But it’s not Andruw Jones, it’s Jorge Posada, Yankee Legend, so it appears that he’s basically going to burn a roster spot for awhile, sitting on the bench and not really doing much.That’s what sentimentality buys you in this organization.
Your mileage may vary on this question, but I personally don’t think the Yankees do a very good job of managing these emotionally charged aging legends. It’s not that I have a problem with sentimentality per se, I certainly think there’s a time and a place for it. But that doesn’t extend to the point of being a burden on the team, and the Yankees have not done a good job of balancing those concerns whatsoever for the past 12-14 months. Indeed, from continuing to keep Jeter at the top of the lineup even when he hasn’t been able to hit, to sweetening their contract offer to Jeter for no reason, and now to keeping Posada around to be a glorified mascot, the Yankees have clearly sent the message that these Yankee Legends are bigger than the team, and placating them is more important to whomever is making the decisions than maximizing the team’s on-field performance.
Now I don’t want this to come across like I’m totally dumping on Posada. I don’t necessarily think he needs to be shown the door, and in fact I’d personally be just fine with him going back to playing catcher a bit. But the team seems to have no intention whatsoever of letting him catch, whatever the reasons may be, and if that’s the position they’re going to take, there’s just no reason for Posada to have a roster spot. He’s being allowed to remain on the roster and make a short bench even less flexible because he’s Jorge Posada, and that’s just not a good situation for anyone involved.
If the Yankees are serious about reducing Posada’s at bats after already making him a platoon DH, there are only two logical things to do with the roster today. Either decide Posada is going to be the backup catcher and send Francisco Cervelli back to the minors accordingly, or if you’re not willing to do that, release Posada. It won’t necessarily go over well, but it’s the right thing to do, and everyone will get over it soon enough.