How Buster Posey’s Giants ownership role adds value to the big MLB offseason

SAN FRANCISCO — Buster Posey’s trophy case again in Georgia holds nearly every bit of {hardware} a big leaguer may hope to win, and he is not removed from the day when he may have to put together to give a speech in Cooperstown. But there was one role in Major League Baseball that Posey may by no means fairly grasp.

The Giants concerned Posey in a number of recruiting journeys over the years, together with a go to with Jon Lester almost a decade in the past and a flight to Los Angeles 5 years in the past to meet with Shohei Ohtani. When the runner-up banners began to pile up for the entrance workplace, Posey joked that his recruiting days had been over, however he might now get to strive it in a unique role.

The group introduced Wednesday morning that Posey has purchased into the ownership group, and whereas it is unclear what that can imply for his future in participant transactions, that does give them yet another card to play at instances.

Posey is a current participant who garnered great respect from friends, and he’ll now maintain one in all a half-dozen board seats for a company intent on attempting to go big this offseason.

“My recruiting report shouldn’t be superb. There’s time to enhance upon that,” Posey mentioned on a Zoom name. “I believe my role might be to be useful the place I may be useful, and if that includes taking a while to get to know a potential free agent then I’d fortunately try this.”

Posey now joins a board chaired by Greg Johnson, who spoke to a gaggle of reporters for the first time since taking on as the management particular person for the group’s ownership group, which now contains 31 folks after the Posey announcement. Johnson mentioned the franchise is “hopeful” Posey will play a key role.

“To have someone like Buster have that one-on-one dialogue as a part of the course of, I believe could be very additive to that general course of,” Johnson mentioned.

Posey made it clear that each one selections will nonetheless be made by president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi, and Johnson handed on discussing in-depth the present state of the Giants or the 2022 season, noting that Zaidi will quickly meet with reporters to give his personal take The preliminary role for Posey might be a small one — and given the franchise’s valuation, effectively over $3 billion — the preliminary stake is unquestionably a small one, too.

Posey declined to provide particulars on what his share of the pie is and he famous that he has moved his household, together with 4 younger kids, to Georgia, and nonetheless wouldn’t be seen at the ballpark too usually. But you do not make this type of transfer with out some expectation that Posey — like Magic Johnson, Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, and plenty of others — might be in the highlight greater than different house owners and board members with a lot bigger stakes.

“We want we had been saying that Buster was going to take the area for us this 12 months or subsequent 12 months however I believe that is the second neatest thing,” Johnson mentioned. “I believe at the finish of the day, having someone like Buster — who I actually have gotten to know over the previous years in addition to I’m positive all of you — I actually know that he’s a singular particular person, past the stats, past his nice play on the area. He’s actually a high quality, considerate individual that already for the Giants, having left the aggressive aspect of the area, I believe has added a whole lot of value and insights.”

Johnson famous that, when he initially took over, he was shocked by the lack of belief between gamers and ownership, two sides that might not come to an settlement on a brand new CBA till after a prolonged lockout final offseason.

He mentioned the Giants “might be a stronger group” due to Posey’s inclusion and added that baseball might be stronger for it, as effectively.

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For the Giants to be stronger on the area, although, they want somebody like Posey in a taking part in place. A 12 months after successful 107 video games, they’re on monitor to end below .500, however Johnson mentioned there is a dedication to be aggressive this offseason. Posey mentioned he is “excited to present perception” as the Giants chase some big names and certain improve payroll.

“Ultimately as we mentioned earlier than, we do not have a set quantity (for payroll) but. It’s what we predict we’d like to do to put a aggressive crew on the area,” Johnson mentioned. “As you recognize, we’ve a whole lot of flexibility coming into this offseason and we’re effectively conscious of the (free agent) shortstops and the one that can hit in the Bronx that’s on the market.

“Farhan will in the end come together with his urged quantity. We have not achieved that but, however we’re actually taking a look at that proper now and we’re effectively conscious that we have some gaps that want to be addressed.”

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