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The Giants and Buster Posey have yet to begin contract negotiations

Jan 9, 2013, 11:36 AM EST

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The central fact of economic life for the San Francisco Giants over the next few years will be how much Buster Posey is to be paid. For he is now, for the first time, arbitration eligible. And because he is one of the rare ones who will be arbitration eligible for four years. As of now, however, nothing is doing as far as negotiations between the team and the player:

 

Normally a team would want to buy out an MVP-caliber players’ arbitration years and maybe some years of free agency. The Giants, however, didn’t do this with Tim Lincecum. If his 2012 fall to Earth becomes the new normal they made a good, albeit risky call. Is it possible they’re willing to gamble a bit on Posey too, knowing that catchers aren’t often blessed with longevity?

Seems hard to picture given how clearly and firmly Posey is the face of the franchise now, having led them to two World Series wins, but it’ll be interesting to see how they proceed with him all the same.

  1. smcgaels1997 - Jan 9, 2013 at 12:14 PM

    They will do 2 arbitration years to see the baseline then try a 7 year deal from there

  2. goawaydog - Jan 9, 2013 at 12:27 PM

    Zito still needs to come off the books.

  3. marklar1025 - Jan 9, 2013 at 12:42 PM

    This would be alarming if Buster was like 98% of todays other players. He’s not – hes an old school type guy. He’ll play for what he gets in arbitration and like goaway said^^ there – once Zito is off the books, Buster gonna be a rich man and the face of SF for a long long time.

    • sometimesimisscandlestick - Jan 9, 2013 at 1:03 PM

      Totally agree. Buster knows that winning two WS in his first three years is an amazing feat, and he seems to be a very loyal guy. He knows the money will be coming.

  4. Walk - Jan 9, 2013 at 2:25 PM

    The giants have been my second favorite team since leonard, mitchell, and clark were playing, i have hope that they will be able to sign buster without cauing any hard feelings. The pitchers they have coupled with a stud catcher will help spell success even if buster has to start playing first to rest himself a bit more than a catcher his age usually does.

  5. loungefly74 - Jan 9, 2013 at 3:17 PM

    he ain’t going now where for a long time.

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