What Buster Posey’s New Contract Means For The Giants

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Wednesday April.3,  2013

I don't that there is a single Giants fan that didn't want this to happen.  Buster Posey has done about as much as any player could possibly do for a city in his few years with the Giants, and I think we're all glad that he has the opportunity to retire as a career Giant.  While this signing on the surface looks like every other major extension, a player does something better than most and rightfully gets payed handsomely for it, this signing a few interesting implications along with it.

I don’t know that there is a single Giants fan that didn’t want this to happen. Buster Posey has done about as much as any player could possibly do for a city in his few years with the Giants, and I think we’re all glad that he has the opportunity to retire as a career Giant. While this signing on the surface looks like every other major extension, a player does something better than most and rightfully now gets paid handsomely for it.  This signing brings a few interesting implications along with it.

By Jon Schifferle ( Giants Correspondent – visit his own personal website here.) 

 5 Points About Posey’s Contract:

1.The Giants are ready to compete for a long time.

Through the extensions of Madison Bumgarner, Matt Cain, and Buster Posey, the Giants have shown that they are ready to keep this core, build around it, and compete every year with it.  

When franchises are starting to let their stars go, or even trading away their stars for younger players with little experience but lots of potential, it is generally the first sign of a rebuilding club.

 This is not always true, sometimes the players are forced out, or they have fallen out of favor with the team, and then are traded, but generally it is  the start of a bad pattern that eventually causes the team to end up looking like the Cubs or the Astros.  

The Giants clearly feel that they won’t need to take this path to be competitive in the future, and that they can refuel their farm system without trades or extra draft picks.

Buster Posey Highlights from 2012 – Mature Lyrics so Parental Guidance is advised:

Buster Posey was the NL Batting Champion in 2012, hitting .336 with 24 HRs and 103 RBI.  Posey took the NL MVP Award. Silver Slugger Award and was an ALL - Star.  The man from Leesburg GA, hit for a 3 Slash Line of .385/.456/1.102 in the second half

Buster Posey was the NL Batting Champion in 2012, hitting .336 with 24 HRs and 103 RBI. Posey took the NL MVP Award. the Silver Slugger Award and was an ALL – Star. The man from Leesburg GA, hit for a 3 Slash Line of .385/.456/1.102 in the second half with 14 HRs and 60 RBI.  Posey also hit .343/.418/.924 at AT and T Park (known pitchers park) last campaign.  At just Age 26, he is the premier Catcher in Major League Baseball.

2. Buster Posey likes his current situation.

Although you could say that Buster Posey just wanted to jump at guaranteed money, I don’t think that that’s the case.  There is no doubt in my mind that Posey could have gone to many other teams in free agency and done just fine.  

He has shown through this extension that this is where he likes to play, and this is where he thinks he will win.  The Free Agent market would pay someone like him very well, and clearly he would have rather stayed with the Giants.

3. Baseball is flourishing.

This is not so much an implication of Buster Posey’s contract,  as much as a reflection of all of the major extensions signed recently.  More an more players are starting to sign major extensions with the teams that drafted and developed them, rather than trying to start a bidding war with the Dodgers, Red Sox, and Yankees.  

This is not because those teams won’t bid anymore, the Dodgers have shown that they will throw money at just about anyone, it is because small market teams are now making enough money to extend their star players.  That money is a great sign for the MLB in general.

4. The Giants will have great veteran leadership for a while.

Madison Bumgarner, Matt Cain, and Buster Posey will be great for teaching young up-and-coming players for quite a long time.  All of them were drafted and developed by the Giants, and have a good idea of how the clubhouse is run, and how the team operates.  

Not only that, but they all know what it takes to win championships, and can show younger players exactly how that’s done.  Its hard to find someone with as much experience as Buster Posey, especially under the age of 30.

5. Posey will likely move to First or Third Base.

Although a lot of Buster Posey’s value comes as a catcher, he likely won’t be staying there. The Giants wouldn’t make a 9 year commitment to someone who a) Can’t play every day, and b) is likely to break down fast.  Catchers historically don’t last as long as other players, because of the impact the position has on the body.  

It is likely in the best interest of the Giants to try and move Buster Posey to a new position in the next three or four years.  

The Giants will likely either extend Pablo Sandoval, or Brandon Belt long term, and them let the other go to move Posey.

 I personally feel that Belt is poised to break out this season, and I don’t like the distraction that Pablo Sandoval’s weight brings to the team, so I would hope that Posey could eventually make a smooth transition to third.  Posey can also be used to train the Catcher that will eventually take his place, which will probably either be Andrew Susac, or Hector Sanchez.

Giants fans should be very excited about this deal.  It is a wonderful sign for the organization and baseball in general.  If you would like to discuss this article, you can follow me on twitter, and send me your questions.

Buster Posey is hands down the face of the San Francisco Giants. Having only played 1 full year in the Majors he already has 2 World Series rings and an MVP trophy. He’ll only be making $8,000,000 in 2013 – but when it came time for the franchise to pay up time that he’s a Free  Agent, he will be signing a huge contract if he performs this well consistently.

Buster Posey is hands down the face of the San Francisco Giants. Having only played 1 full year in the Majors he already has 2 World Series rings and an MVP trophy. He’ll only be making $8,000,000 in 2013 – but when it came time for the franchise to pay up – they came running to the forefront before letting him become a  Free Agent.  Posey will make $12.5 MIL in 2014, $16.5 MIL in 2015, $20.0 MIL in 2016 and then $21.4 MIL for each of the 5 years between 2017 – 2021.  That equates to an 8 Year/$156 MIL extension.

***The views and opinions expressed in this report are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of mlbreports.com or their partners***

A big thank-you goes out to Our ‘Giants  Correspondent’ Jon Schifferle for preparing today’s featured articleJohn is a college student that grew up in Northern California and he has been a Giants fan for as long as he can remember.  Two of his greatest memories were going to Game 1 of the 2010 World Series, and Game 2 of the 2012 World Series.  he loves to watch prospects and the draft, and started his own blog called A Giant Perspective here.

John loves to write about all aspects of the game.   His dream is to eventually work in baseball in some capacity. Being a West Coast guy, he is able to watch all of the late games out there and have a vast knowledge of the AL and NL West especially.  Feel free to follow Jon on Twitter and talk about the game of baseball

Jon is on the left and his brother is on the right.

Jon is on the left and his brother is on the right.

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Posted on April 3, 2013, in MLB Player Profiles, The Rest: Everything Baseball and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. What a fine article about a fine man and sportsman. Both are elegantly simple. Posey renewed my interest in baseball after a 40-year hiatus. Now my Grump is that the games are so expensive to attend, or even follow on live (?) media. Keep Jon’s pen (or keypad?) busy, please.

    • Thank you very much! I’ll make sure to keep posting new articles. Check back every week.

      Buster Posey definitely makes the games worth watching. He plays baseball the right way, and he is wonderful for representing not only the organization, but also baseball in general.

      If you would like, I can help you find relatively cheap ways to follow the games

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