It is common knowledge that playing catcher is the hardest position on the diamond, for the body and mind. But the San Francisco Giants have an All-Star one, who is not too keen on changing positions anytime soon.
In an interview with Sports Illustrated, Buster Posey is very clear about his intentions of wearing the tools of ignorance for the remainder of his contract. He commented on the fact that he only started playing the position in his sophomore year of college.
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It is good news for the union between Giants and Brandon Belt every spring when Posey says he feels great behind the plate. The team and the first baseman are trying to figure out what his value is, and if Posey is locked in behind the plate for several more years, then Belt’s value to the team increases. Maybe a deal gets done that is right for both parties. Belt is due to have a monster year with the amount of RBI opportunities he will have with Denard Span and Joe Panik at the top of the order.
But along with that, Andrew Susac‘s value dips a bit. Unfortunately, a backup catcher for a team with a superstar behind the dish is doesn’t get consistent time on the field. So perhaps the team can deal from that luxury, if Susac is not able to transition to another position. (They do need a left fielder in the near future, maybe he should see how it looks from Barry’s old stompin grounds.)
With a talented young infield locked up well into the future, the team has the ability to fine-tune the roster to add depth. Posey confirming his desire to continue to catch helps the team plan for future signings and re-signings.