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Giants send Buster Posey to Triple-A…for now

Apr 3, 2010, 10:58 AM EDT

posey swining.JPGAs expected, the Giants sent prospect catcher Buster Posey to Triple-A Fresno on Friday night. The 23-year-old batted .321/.357/.453 with one home run, nine RBI and five runs runs scored in 53 at-bats this spring, leaving little doubt that he’ll be with the big club at some point this season. But for now, Giants manager Bruce Bochy tells the San Francisco Chronicle that he wants Posey to play every day in the minor leagues:

“He had a good spring,” Bochy said. “We just feel at this time that
Posey needs to go down and continue to get playing time and get his
at-bats. We told him what the plans are.”

This is potentially a case of the Giants having their cake and eating it too. By sending Posey to the minors for a few months, they’ll ensure that as opposed to Tim Lincecum, Posey will avoid Super Two status. They also rather conveniently arranged Bengie Molina’s one-year, $4.5 million contract for a series of $250,000 bonuses once he reaches 90th start behind the plate, totaling to $1.5 million with 115 games started.

I’d be shocked if Posey isn’t back in the major leagues by the time the first bonus kicks in. In fact, I’d equate the chances of Molina getting 115 starts behind the plate this season to Johnny Damon collecting his $10,000 bonus for a Gold Glove.

  1. willmose - Apr 3, 2010 at 12:48 PM

    Molina start 120+ games for the Giants. Take it to the bank.

  2. Pandamonium - Apr 3, 2010 at 1:39 PM

    Agreed. Never underestimate the stupidity of Bochy and the Giants front office.
    Also interesting:

  3. D.J. Short - Apr 3, 2010 at 1:47 PM

    Perhaps he will, but I’m more optimistic. Molina turns 36 in July and had various nicks and bruises last season. Bochy has already talked about playing him less this season, seemingly preparing him for the eventual promotion of Posey. It’s not like Molina is a particularly good baseball player. I’m thinking Posey will play (nearly) everyday by July. Again, I’m an optimist and this says nothing of the Giants’ decision makers.

  4. Pet Peeve - Apr 3, 2010 at 2:26 PM

    @DJ – It’s “eating their cake and having it too” not “having their cake and eating too”, because they can’t eat the cake and still have it, but they can have their cake and then eat it. The Gnts can have Posey in Fresno and use him in in SF, but they can’t use him in SF and still have him in Fresno.

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