SF Giants: Who will be the starting catcher in 2022?
Potential SF Giants Starting Catcher in 2022
3. A stopgap veteran
There is a scenario in which the Giants decide not to bring back Buster Posey, and they feel that Bart is not ready to take over the reins as a catcher, at least to start 2022. If this turns out to be the case, then perhaps they could have a stopgap catcher that they sign to a one-year deal in order to bridge the transition from Posey to Bart. Even if Bart is the guy, they might prioritize a proven veteran to enable them to limit Bart behind the plate to keep him from wearing down.
They brought in veteran catcher Curt Casali for the 2021 season to serve as Posey’s backup, and if he has a solid 2021, maybe they feel it would be worth it to bring him back and have him be the starter at the beginning of 2021. This would make sense to have a veteran out there to start the year, someone many of the pitchers, may be familiar with from 2021.
The hope would likely be that Casali would be solid enough both at and behind the plate to hold down the fort, but that Bart would wind up forcing him out of a job like Posey with Bengie Molina back in 2010.
At this point, this seems like a fairly reasonable compromise measure that would allow Bart more time to grown and develop if the team no longer has Buster Posey behind the dish.
In short, the SF Giants could see several longtime fan favorites leave San Francisco after 2021. It is a very real possibility that by the start of 2022, there will be no players on the roster remaining from the championship years. It was an inevitability, but if it does come true next year, it will still hurt to see such great Giants, especially Buster Posey, leave San Francisco. If he does, Joey Bart is the most likely option to replace him, with another veteran addition potentially in the mix.