The San Francisco Giants have been set at the starting catcher position every year since 2011, but that soon may be changing drastically.
Buster Posey, the San Francisco Giant’s best player, ended the season on the disabled list with a hip injury and there is now serious questions about whether or not Posey will continue to be the team’s primary catcher.
Posey is under contract through 2021, so he will be on the Giants next season.
However, he may move from catcher to first base as early as 2019.
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San Francisco is in the middle of hiring a new general manager, and while the front office, coaches and Posey himself have all consistently said he would remain at catcher, the next person who is given the keys to the team might think differently.
If that happens, a new starting catcher will be necessary.
The Giants main backup backstop, Nick Hundley, is a free agent and has expressed an interest in returning.
Aramis Garcia was added to the 40 man roster after Posey was shut down for the season and performed well after a career in the minor leagues. The 25 year old may have shown enough at the end of 2018 to be an option for the Giants in 2019 and beyond.
With the free agent market thin at the catching position, it is possible that the Giants could look to the trade market if they want to upgrade behind the plate when Posey inevitably moves to first base.
With so much uncertainty, the Giants may look at add an everyday catcher even if they want Posey to begin the season behind the dish.