As unfortunate as it sounds, 2010 for Jorge Posada, Yankee “catcher”, was as mediocre as we all thought it would be. Let’s take a look back at his season, and see how he fits in with the Yankees in 2011.

Sad face for a below-average year - AP

Way back when on April 1st, columnist Matt Vereb had the following projection for Jorge Posada in 2010:

117 Games, .275 BA, 24 HRs, 90 RBIs

Unfortunately, all but one those numbers fell short. He played 120 games and batted .248 while hitting 18 home runs and knocking in 57 runs. Those numbers are all obviously lower than the career average of the five-time All-Star. But at this point, what can you expect from a depreciating catcher at the ripe-old age of 39? For the upcoming season, the Yankees plan on using Jorge as a designated hitter. At first, this seems like a great move to keep Jorge healthy, who struggled to stay healthy. However, check out these splits between Jorge at catcher and at DH.

Catcher: 270 AB, .256/.370/.474, 13 HR, 42 RBI, 61 K, 45 BB
DH/PH: 111 AB, .234/.348/.420, 5 HR, 15 RBI, 37 K, 14 BB

As you can see, Jorge plays much better when he is in fact in the game the entire time as a catcher, not sitting on his hands waiting to be called in by Joe Girardi or getting an at-bat every three innings as a designated hitter. But at this point, with one year left on his deal, Joe really has no other options. When Posada plays behind the plate every day, he will get hurt. It’s almost impossible for him not to at that age.

Next year, I believe the Yankees will employ a three-headed monster at catcher, between Posada, Francisco Cervelli, and super soon-to-be rookie Jesus Montero. At best, Jorge can catch three out of every five games. Against lefties, he will almost certainly be the DH so one of the two young right-handed catchers can get some favorable at bats.

What do you think the Yankees should do with Jorge next year? Is there any chance he gets re-upped for 2011 as a full-time DH?