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The Giants and Buster Posey continue extension talks

Mar 20, 2013, 5:00 PM EDT

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Last week we heard that the Giants and Buster Posey had “exchanged preliminary ideas” about a multi-year deal to buy out his remaining arbitration years. Today Jon Heyman reports that those talks continue, though there is a “decent-sized gap” between the parties. Part of that gap is contract length, with Posey apparently wanting a Joey Votto/Troy Tulowitzki-style decade deal, with the team preferring to buy out the arbitration years and take it from there.

I’d take it from there. Posey is awesome, yes, but he’s also a catcher. If he stays a catcher, you have to be mindful of wear and tear. If he doesn’t, you have to be sure he can handle another position. I imagine he can — dude used to be a shortstop, so he’s more like Biggio than he is like a late-period Piazza or Bench — but you don’t know until you’ve tried it.

I’m usually about the players getting paid, but in this case, if I were the Giants, I’d play the waiting game for a while, content that there is a good chance that, even if you only keep Posey for six years, you’re likely to be getting his best ones.

  1. sometimesimisscandlestick - Mar 20, 2013 at 6:16 PM

    I do like the idea of having Buster around for a long time. I would guess that we’ll see something like a seven year deal.

    • pandorasdadca - Mar 20, 2013 at 7:03 PM

      2 Things. 1, Hook Posey up. We know he play 1st pretty well, and he’s the heart and soul of that line-up.

      2. That is a great screen name! I grew up with night games at The Stick! I hope they play one more game there (even a bay bridge preseason game) before it gets bulldozed.

      • sometimesimisscandlestick - Mar 20, 2013 at 8:40 PM

        That’s how I thought of the name. I basically grew up at Candlestick watching those horrible teams in the 70s/80s and I have a bunch of earned Croix de Candelsticks.

  2. nogoodtomedead - Mar 20, 2013 at 8:33 PM

    I think any concerns about a 10 year deal are spot on.

    But I’d sign him to it anyways.

    He’ll be a first class face of the franchise, which in marketing and tickets and fan-base and all those other off the field benefits is a great thing.

    He can play first base- guaranteed- and if Belt never finds more power there’s not really anybody blocking him there.

    I’d rather sign him to 10 now then winging up signing him to a 7 year deal at like 31-32 like free agency seems to dictate.

    And in what has really only been two years in the league- 2 rings, Rookie of the Year, MVP.

    Modern player contracts pay for what a player has previously done anyways- pay the man.

    Go Giants.

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