SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The San Francisco Giants plan to train Buster Posey’s $22 million membership possibility for the 2022 season so long as the veteran catcher desires to maintain enjoying after a stellar yr.
Posey, whose contract features a $3 million buyout, helped lead the Giants to a franchise-record 107 wins and their first NL West title since 2012 by enjoying usually down the stretch this yr as he demonstrated his well being and sturdiness throughout his twelfth main league season. The 34-year-old Posey opted out of the coronavirus-shortened 2020 marketing campaign to take care of prematurely born adopted twin women.
“He’s in our estimation the very best catcher in baseball this yr,” Farhan Zaidi, Giants president of baseball operations, stated Monday. “… Clearly wish to have conversations with Buster and proceed to have inside conversations about that however having him on this staff subsequent yr is a excessive precedence.”
Posey caught 5 of the ultimate six regular-season video games and 10 of the final 13 as San Francisco clinched the division on the ultimate day. He batted .304 with 18 homers and 56 RBIs, displaying his surgically repaired proper hip had lastly regained full energy three years post-op.
Zaidi, supervisor Gabe Kapler and San Francisco are nonetheless coping with the sting of a 2-1 loss to the rival Dodgers within the decisive Sport 5 of the NL Division Sequence on Thursday evening.
The Giants definitely missed first baseman Brandon Belt, who fractured his left thumb Sept. 26 at Colorado after being hit on the hand with a pitch whereas squaring to bunt. The 33-year-old Belt batted .274 with a career-high 29 homers and 59 RBIs.
He’s another person Zaidi is dedicated to preserving — whereas beginning pitching additionally will likely be a prime precedence this offseason. A one-year qualifying supply to Belt may be thought-about as he wraps up a $72.8 million, five-year contract that took him from 2017 to 2021.
“You may discuss his worth each in how he performed down the stretch and the way a lot we missed him when he went down. Actually, actually vital a part of this staff,” Zaidi stated. “The qualifying supply choice we’ll need to assume extra about and I am positive we’ll have some conversations together with his illustration as we did throughout the yr. He is comfortable right here, I believe he feels actually appreciated. And we respect him. He is been the most effective hitters in baseball over the past couple of years. He is an enormous a part of this staff and we’ll definitely hope that these are productive dialogues.”
Zaidi realizes retaining Kris Bryant may be a tricky activity after the Giants acquired him from the Cubs on the July commerce deadline. Bryant gave Kapler so many choices together with his means to play all three outfield spots and the infield.
“We acknowledge that he’s celebrity expertise and it’s going to be a very aggressive marketplace for his companies,” Zaidi stated. “I’m positive we’ll have conversations there however he’s going to have an extended line of suitors so we’ll simply need to see how that develops.”
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