San Francisco Giants: Four Questions Every GM Candidate Must Answer
By Michael Saltzman
Buster Posey is possibly the greatest catcher in team history. That being said, the biggest question facing the three time World Series champion is if he will continue to catch in 2019.
Posey will eventually move to first base. That seems to be the overriding assumption from baseball experts, beat writers and even the Giants front office over the last couple of years.
That doesn’t necessarily mean that Posey should move to first base next season.
He is currently recovering from hip surgery that he needed after injuring his hip back in May.
If Posey is healthy and if his bat can get back to an elite level, the decision might be an easy one. However, his bat has been better when he has played first and the next GM might decide his bat is worth more than his defense.
In 88 games as a catcher this season, Posey hit .291, but his slugging percentage was only .383. Because of the injury to his hip, his numbers weren’t much better as a first baseman.
However, last year, when Posey was healthy and hitting well, his power improved dramatically at first base vs catching.
Posey is still a gold glove catcher and his ability to work with the pitching staff, frame pitches, throw runners out and and field is position are all vital to the team’s success since his permanent call up in 2010.
Those skills will certainly be up for discussion as the GM candidates discuss Posey’s future with the San Francisco Giants.