Thursday, May 20, 2010

It's Moeller

Much to the disappointment of many, the Yankees called up Chad Moeller, and not Jesus Montero or Austin Romine to replace Jorge Posada and back up Francisco Cervelli. To make room on the 40-man roster Nick Johnson was placed on the 60-day DL.

While a call up of one of the two top prospects would have been the most exciting for Yankees fans, it's probably not the right move. Girardi has already said that Cervelli was going to play most of the time, so you can't call up Montero or Romine and have them ride the pine.

Also, Montero is 20, has yet to prove he's ready defensively, and is just hitting .230 with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Romine, 21, is playing well for Double-A Trenton, but I don't think the Yankees are comfortable having him jump two levels.

Chad Moeller has plenty of major league experience, fills the role of backup very nicely, and it allows guys like Romine and Montero to continue their development in the minors. As much as Yankees fans probably don't want to see it, Moeller makes the most sense.

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