Forget that stuff in 'Duggan's' notebook a little while ago about trading Jesus Montero. The Yankees are more inclined to make him their every day catcher in 2011, according to Mark Feinsand of the Daily News.
The consensus among the Yankees' high command is that Montero who turns 21 on Nov. 28 - is ready to assume the starting catcher's job, according to a source with knowledge of the team's thinking.
Montero's future was among the topics of discussion during the Yankee meetings at the Stadium over the past two days, with Lee and the free-agent and trade markets dominating the conversation.
Montero's defense has been scrutinized, but team brass believes he made enough strides this season to assume the bulk of the workload in 2011.
He will likely be given the chance to win the starting job during spring training, turning over a position that has belonged to Jorge Posada since 1998. The front office believes that Montero is already a better defensive catcher than the 39-year-old Posada, who has struggled behind the plate - and to stay healthy.
If Montero comes through, Posada would likely be shifted to the designated hitter spot, with some backup catching duties mixed in.
I love this. If Montero's bat is as good as advertised, it belongs in the big leagues. As for defense, Posada is awful at this point in his career and even if Montero is only equal or slightly better, there is potential for improvement.
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