San Francisco Giants Smart to Lock Down Buster Posey for Long Haul
On the same Friday that Detroit Tigers ace and 2011 American League Most Valuable Player Dustin Verlander signed a seven-year, $180 million deal to stay in Detroit, the San Francisco Giants made a major investment in extending their own centerpiece. 2012 National League MVP Buster Posey inked a nine-year, $167 million contract to stay with San Francisco for the long haul.
“Obviously this is a big day for the Giants and a big day in Giants history,” Giants CEO Larry Baer said, via ESPN. “By any measure the largest and boldest commitment we’ve ever made to a player, and obviously that’s a big deal … a nine-year commitment sounds like a lot, but it wasn’t scary to us when you look at Buster the person.”
The 26-year old has major accolades in each of the years San Francisco has recently won the World Series, snagging Rookie of the Year in 2010 and NL MVP in 2012. Posey was not due to be a free agent until after the 2016 season, but it was smart to act fast in locking down a catcher who already boasts a batting championship.
Throwing out 2009 when he played in just seven games and 2011 when he suffered a season-ending ankle injury in May, Posey has topped .300 batting average, .350 on-base percentage and .860 on-base plus slugging in each of his two seasons and has shown the versatility to fill in at first base for the Giants.