The San Francisco Giants Should Sign Matt Wieters, Play Posey At 1B + Belt In LF
The Giants are one of the best franchises at fostering their home grown talent. It has culminated in 3 World Series from 2010 – 2014, and the franchise has several of its core players locked up for the next 3 – 5 years.
With the recent news of the Luxury Tax Threshold penalizing the Dodgers something fierce for obliterating their payroll, the NL West has come back to the Giants to win – considering the LA squad has taken down 4 straight Division Titles.
San Francisco started the process of healing their Bullpen this winter. by forking out some big dollars to secure Closer Mark Melancon ( 4YRs/$62 MIL). There is still a long way to go in shoring up the Relief Core, but they should have the funds to do it.
Which brings me to my next point. Beyond the suspicion that Eduardo Nunez may not be a great long=term fit in the Bay Area, the Roster is pretty secure in the rest of the lineup – except for say the LF position.
There are not a lot of prime Free Agents on the open market that can play the OF. Michael Saunders will cost too much money…Angel Pagan..well the Giants should just say no…Colby Rasmus…yikes…Brandon Moss….um….should be a 1B/DH type in the American League.
My thought is – why not sign Matt Wieters to a 3 – 4 year contract worth about $33 – $44 MIL ($11 MIL AAV) – to be the prime Catcher for the Giants – then move Posey to First Base and Brandon Belt to LF? To me it makes sense.
Matt Wieters is a nice defensive Catcher in his own right – having won 2 Gold Gloves prior to having Tommy John Surgery. The 4 time ALL – Star is the premier backstopper left on the open market.
With a Career Slash Line of .256/.318/.421 – with about 20 HRs and 30 Doubles per 162 Games Played, Wieters has decent power.
Buster Posey Career Splits:
Offensive Slash as Catcher Career – .299/.367/.465 – 92 HRs, 142 – 2B and 413 RBI in 2936 PA.
Offensive Slash as First Base Career – .340/.395/.532 – 22 HRs, 43 – 2B and 98 RBI in 645 PA.
By also adding Belt to be the Starting Left Fielder, you can also use the other guys on the Depth Chart, as backup for Hunter Pence – who has logged more time on the Disabled List – compared to actually playing in the field the past 2 campaigns.
You can still play Belt at 1B/and Posey at DH for the 10 American League Games they work in too.
The greatest part about this concept is that the Giants are full of professional hitters. There doesn’t have to be one outstanding thunderous stick in the lineup. Still – you would like to see Buster Posey log 140 – 150 Games a year from this point forward.
Think even if Wieters only plays from 120 – 130 Games. Posey could Catch one game a week to give him a rest. If any injuries occur, the ability to play multiple positions still works.
You have to think on the NL upper echelon teams like the Cubs/Nats and Cardinals all having guys who can play more than one position. This move would also allow the club to carry 3 Catchers (with Trevor Brown as the true backup).
It would be nice to dream up a trade involving a guy like J.D. Martinez, however that requires prospects that would cost more. Wieters at least doesn’t cost a Draft Pick to sign.
The team needs to move past Posey catching at some point, and this may be the best year for them to find a replacement. Sure Jonathan Lucroy will be out there next winter, however he is the only viable guy – and will cost more money – and certainly Draft Pick Compensation.
By Hunter Stokes (Chief Writer/Part Owner)
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Posted on December 9, 2016, in Free Agency and tagged 1 1/2 2015 WOB Leaders for American League Hitter, angel pagan, brandon belt, brandon moss, brian sabean, bruce bochy, buster posey, chicago cubs, colby rasmus, eduardo nunez, gorkys hernandez, hunter pence, j.d. martinez, Mac Williamson, mark melancon, matt wieters, Michael Saunders, nl west, Tommy John Surgery, Wilson Ramos, yadier molina. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.