Buster Posey San Francisco Giants

Age: 33 (March 27, 1987) | 6' 1" | 210lbs. | Bats: Right C-101 1B-4 DH-2 PH-4
Tm Lg YEAR G AB R H BB SO 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BA OBP SLG BB% SO% BABIP G/L/F % $4x4 $5x5
SF NL 2016 146 539 82 155 64 68 33 2 14 80 6 1 .288 .362 .434 10 11 .303 49/22/30 21 21
SF NL 2017 140 494 62 158 61 66 34 0 12 67 6 1 .320 .400 .462 11 12 .347 44/23/33 23 21
SF NL 2018 105 398 47 113 45 53 22 1 5 41 3 2 .284 .359 .382 10 12 .316 47/22/31 11 12
SF NL 2019 114 405 43 104 34 71 24 0 7 38 0 0 .257 .320 .368 8 16 .296 49/23/28 5 6
SF NL 2020 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.00 0 0 0.00 n/a 0 0
Career 12yrs 1258 4575 595 1380 484 634 270 9 140 673 23 9 .302 .370 .456 9 12 .322 n/a
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They way MLB has bungled team testing, chartered a flight from the DR to the US without testing players in advance (several have since tested positive since arriving, so they all must be quarantined), etc, I'm not sure why anyone would play this year.

They all have good reasons not to participate.  Any reason is a good reason.  No player should be judged for opting out.

Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Jul 10

I've been wondering if for older players like Posey who finishing the last years of the last lucrative contract they'll get - any excuse is a good excuse.

Right now he's slated to make $44 mil over 2 more years of playing, and a likely $3 mil option buyout.  $47 mil if he plays 2 full seasons.

About $8 mil this year if he plays, so $33 over 1+ seasons if he plays.this year.

If the Giants had a shot this year, I'd see him playing.  But might as well enjoy the home life and make another $14 mil.

Phil Ponebshek Texpope
Jul 10

Just adopted twins that were born prematurely a day or 2 ago ... so he's opting out ... the twin girls are still in ICU, but expected to be OK.

Howard Lynch LynchMob
Jul 10

Buster Posey (C) SF - Jul. 04

https://www.rotowire.com/baseball/player.php?id=742399

Posey is considering opting out of playing this season, Andrew Baggarly of The Athletic reports.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: When asked about playing, the catcher said, "I think there's still some reservation on my end as well. I want to see how things progress over the next couple weeks." It's likely that Posey is far from the only player to hold similar worries, but whether or not he ends up opting out remains to be seen. 

Alex Patton Alex
Jul 5

One of the players I'll try to watch closely in spring training. Last season I saw plenty of Giants games, and his bat seemed slow. Might not decline further, but hard to predict much of a comeback.

mike fenger mike
Jan 25

And roughly 20% of his career starts have come at 1b/DH. 

van wilhoite LVW
Jan 25

I haven't followed his career, given my general blindspot for the NL, but I believe there are some older studies that show that catchers decline at younger ages than other players.

Johnny Bench's last solid year was at 32.  Mickey Cochrane too.  Bill Dickey lost his power after 32.  For Joe Mauer, he was essentially done after 30.  It's tough business behind the plate.

Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Jan 24

Buster's average exit velocity declined last year, his barrel percent declined, his launch angle declined, and, as we see, his batting average declined, his on-base average declined and his slugging average declined.

He's not so old that it's a given that he keeps declining.

Alex Patton Alex
Jan 24
Fangraphs 2018: WAR 2.0 Bat 4 Field 0 Run -4 HR/FB 5% Pull 34% Hard 36% IFFB 3%
Fangraphs 2019: WAR 1.8 Bat -9 Field 11 Run -5 HR/FB 7% Pull 35% Hard 36% IFFB 4%
Alex Patton Alex
Dec 16 '19