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The Giants and Buster Posey have had preliminary talks about an extension

Mar 9, 2013, 5:02 PM EST

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The Giants and catcher Buster Posey avoided arbitration in January by agreeing to a one-year, $8 million contract, but Andrew Baggarly of CSNBayArea.com hears that the two sides have “exchanged preliminary ideas” about a multi-year deal which would buy out his remaining arbitration years.

As a Super Two player, Posey is arbitration-eligible for four years as opposed to the usual three, so he remains under team control through 2016. His salary figures to escalate significantly over the next three years, so while there’s some risk involved given the position that he plays, locking him up now would secure some cost certainty for the Giants.

“Our view of Buster is that he’ll be reasonable,” Giants CEO Larry Baer told me. “We’ve thrown some things out. They’ve thrown some things out. It’s going to be more evolved over time. It’s not a `check back in two weeks, we may have something’ kind of thing.”

Baer classified getting an extension done with Posey as “a matter of importance,” but neither side views Opening Day as a deadline.

Posey, 25, owns a .314/.380/.503 batting line over his first 308 games in the majors. His 172 OPS+ last season led all hitters.

  1. Marty - Mar 9, 2013 at 7:47 PM

    3x more valuable than Rowen and Rentaria. Start with that concept.

  2. lazlosother - Mar 9, 2013 at 8:49 PM

    Were I the SF general manager this would be first on my list of to-dos. A franchise player at one of the two most important positions doesn’t come along real often.

  3. cosanostra71 - Mar 9, 2013 at 9:58 PM

    Can someone explain to me how Super Two works?

    • granted42 - Mar 10, 2013 at 1:51 AM

      Typically, a player is under team “control” for the first six years of his career. For the first three years, the team can pay him whatever they want, based on league minimums and the team’s own formula for service time in the Majors. The next three years, the player has more say in what he earns, and if he can’t agree on a contract with the team, his salary is decided by an arbitration panel each of those years until he’s eligible for free agency.

      Each year, a small group (I think it’s the top 1 or 2 percent of service time,) will be classified as “Super-Twos”. These are the third-year guys with the most service time in the Majors. Instead of having to accept whatever the team offers them in their third year, they get to start the arbitration process a year earlier than the rest.

      Often, you’ll see a team wait to call up a hot prospect until June as a way to avoid his Super-Two potential. The difference between the third year league minimum (over half a mil,) and the 4-6 mil a player might get in the first year of arbitration has probably delayed a number of Major League careers. Some players, like Posey or Harper, were just too good to delay, and were called up with the team knowing they could be a Super-Two.

  4. marklar1025 - Mar 10, 2013 at 12:28 AM

    please sign an 8 year contract – please please please. this guy is the real deal

  5. Walk - Mar 10, 2013 at 3:37 AM

    Apologies if i double post, but i just posted in another thread and now it is saying i cant post without logging in, which i clearly am. So trying again. I think a deal gets done. The giants would lock up a good young player. Posey gets financial security and the mental boost that comes with knowing he is valued by his organization and this will help him recover both physically and mentally. Win win for both sides i think.

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