NEW YORK -- Jorge Posada's unhappiness with the Yankees' decision to drop him to ninth in the batting order Saturday seemed to dissipate Sunday, with Posada apologizing for his decision to ask out of the lineup 30 minutes before the middle game of the series.
But down the hall, Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek, took a sympathetic view of Posada's dilemma, realizing that it's somewhat similar to his own.
Like Posada, Varitek was once his team's No. 1 catcher, but has seen his role diminished in the last two years.
"I haven't talked to him,'' stressed Varitek, "but positionally, it's different going from catcher to DH because you're so much in the flow of the game as a catcher.
"It's hard to compare apples to oranges, because he's produced. I had a situation in 2009 where a pretty special player Victor Martinez came in who could really hit. It didn't diminish what I did behind the plate, but he was such a valuable asset to our lineup.
"My choice at that point was: how can I embrace this? Well, Vic made it easy to embrace because we connected right away . . . I can't really speak for another human being, but I know Posada has been through the grind behind the plate for a lot of years. It's a big responsibility. I'm sure that alone is difficult for our position.''
Varitek said though he doesn't know Posada personally, he retains a "huge respect,'' for the catcher. Walking into the batter's box and not having Posada behind the plate is "very different.''
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The Red Sox on Tuesday named Eddie Romero senior vice president and assistant general manager. In a press release announcing the move, the team stated it will not fill the position of general manager for the time being.
Romero’s promotion comes following the departure of general manager Mike Hazen, who left this month to become Arizona’ GM. Hazel brought Amiel Sawdaye, who had served as Boston’s vice president of international and amateur scouting, with him to the Diamondbacks, with Sawdaye serving as an assistant GM for Arizona.
The 37-year-old Romero is the son of former Red Sox infielder Ed Romero Rr. Romero served last season as Boston’s vice president of international scouting, overseeing amateur scouting in Latin America, the Pacific Rim and Europe.
Romero is in his 11th season with the Red Sox, having previously worked in international and professional scouting for the team and becoming Boston’s director of international scouting in 2012.
The Red Sox lost another key member of their front office Monday, when vice-president of amateur and international scouting Amiel Sawdaye followed former general manager Mike Hazen to Arizona.
Sawdaye will be the Diamondbacks' assistant GM. As stated by Rotoworld, he had been instrumental in building up the Red Sox' young big league talent and farm system.
The Boston Globe reported today that the Red Sox may not fill the GM vacancy created when Hazen left, instead using "other staffers to take on Hazen’s administrative duties". President of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski handles many of the duties traditionally associated with the general manager's position, leaving the actual GM's job in Boston as "essentially an assistant [position] with a lofty title but little power".
The Red Sox have also lost two other front-office members this offseason: Senior baseball analyst Tom Tippett, who had been with the organization for eight years, and director of sports medicine services Dan Dyrek, who had been with the Sox for five years.