The Yankees could have a major dilemma on their hands. Jorge Posada, who is coming off of shoulder surgery, had a set-back in his rehab and will have to shut it down for a few days. Posada hit a homerun in his first at-bat of the spring which certainly raised some eyebrows in the fantasy and baseball world. The rumor is the Yankees are not concerned with Posada’s bat this year but they are concerned on his defense and whether he can throw would-be base stealers out at an acceptable rate.
FANTASY BASEBALL ADVICE: This could have a huge impact on a number of fantasy players. The Yankees have 5 players for 4 spots in the OF/DH (H. Matsui, Damon, M. Cabrera, Swisher & Nady). If Posada cannot play catcher he will most certainly see the majority of time at DH leaving the other 5 guys to fight for the 3 spots in the OF.
For leagues where position eligibility is established based on last year’s games played by position, Posada will still be a catcher and as long as he gets his at-bats he will be useful to a fantasy team as a starting catcher. But for leagues that base their position eligibility on this year’s games played, Posada may not be eligible for catcher until a good portion of the season is already over.
The Yankees will play Damon if he is healthy. I’d be very cautious to draft Matsui in even the deepest of leagues and I’ve already moved Nady, Swisher and M. Cabrera down a few notches on my lists.