Giants catcher Buster Posey
Buster Posey was a key cog during the Giants championship run between 2010-2014, but he would likely be a in a different role the next time the Giants sniff the playoffs.
Over the past two seasons, the long-time Giants catcher has posted a .270/.340/.375 (96 OPS+) line across 893 plate appearances.
His production at the plate has been sapped by a hip impingement and a torn labrum, but after a fully healthy offseason, Posey could see his offense return to respectable numbers.
Still, there is no denying that catching prospect Joey Bart is the heir apparent to Posey’s throne as the Giants catcher. Bart is knocking on the door, and will likely don a Giants uniform at Oracle Park at some point this summer.
How the Giants manage Posey and Bart’s playing time going forward remains a matter of debate. Either player could see more playing time at first base while the other handles the activities behind the dish.
Despite the drop off in Posey’s bat and the fact that his contract can be bought out after the 2021 season, the 32-year-old still brings a lot of intangible value to the table. In addition to that, he was worth 14 DRS behind the plate in 2019, so he offers considerable defensive value at a premium position.
If the Giants want someone to mentor Bart while he becomes a key cog to the Giants future, there is no one better than Posey. That is the role Posey would need to assume.
Posey wants to finish his career with the Orange and Black as he has previously indicated, but he will likely need to do it in a lesser role.
That is not necessarily a bad thing, either. The wear and tear of catching is brutal and compounds itself the longer a catcher remains at the position, so a lesser role might be the best opportunity for Posey to prolong his career.
When the Giants are ready to be competitive again, Posey could be a veteran presence with plenty of postseason experience in a lesser, part-time role.