Posada: Bring on Johan
Jorge Posada has never been one to mince words, so it wasn’t completely surprising to hear him campaign for the Yankees to pick up an ace-type pitcher this offseason. Posada said he could see a rotation that includes both Johan Santana and Andy Pettitte as two of the left-handers, even though that’s a long way off from happening.
“Let’s say Andy comes back – having Johan Santana, those two lefties in the rotation, I think it’s just a really strong starting lineup,” Posada said.
He’s right, of course. But how to make it happen? Posada said he sees great things ahead for all three of the young pitchers in the rotation – Joba Chamberlain, Phil Hughes and Ian Kennedy – though the Yankees’ need for a No. 1 pitcher has become apparent, especially in October, when Chien-Ming Wang showed himself to be more suited toward being a No. 2.
“It is a need in October, no question about it,” Posada said. “When you look at the past World Series champions, they were able to have a No. 1 throw in at least two of the games to win the title.”
Posada said that he has tried to call Pettitte about once a week, and though he doesn’t expect a decision until mid-January, Posada believes Pettitte to be leaning toward retirement.
“He’s got a tough decision to make,” Posada said. “He says if he doesn’t play with the Yankees, he’s not going to play at all. Right now, he’s leaning toward retirement. It’s tough that he’s thinking this way, but we’re going to try to push him and get that competitive edge he needs still. Hopefully when it comes February, we’ll see him around.”