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Per Buster Olney of ESPN.com:
Buster Posey gets nine years, $167 million, starting in 2013. He has an option for 2022. Longest contract ever for a catcher.
Chris Nee of 247Sports.com. You can follow me on twitter @CNee247.
Holy smokes, that's a big contract! See, It pays to go to FSU!
"I never knew I had a foot until I noticed it was on your neck"
Im super stoked for him. I wish he would have been able to play for my beloved Rays but they saw the writing on the wall out of the gates. Being a Boras client and a Super talent it was only a matter of time he signed a monster deal. Price will be gone very soon after the deal Verlander got today
Good for him! He deserves it based on his performance!
Great news for Buster!
Mike Martin Jr. was right about Posey back in 2006. He saw a shortstop who would be a good player. But a catcher that would be very valuable one day in the majors.
18.5 million makes him the second highest paid catcher only behind another NOLE fan in Mauer. With the time value of money and the length of the contract it is a gamble on both sides but he is now more than financially secure for the rest of his life with even average financial decisions.
Buster & his family are great people. Glad to see him do well and elated to know he's one of our guys. Excellent representative of FSU.
Don't follow the G men closely, is there a plan to phase him to 1st base or anything like that?
Buster is definitely my favorite player on the team but this contract makes me a little nervous. By the end of this contract he will be pretty old by everyday catcher standards. Catcher is tough on your body and that is where Buster's value is. He's the best catcher in the game, and his value would be dimished at first because he just doesn't put up the HR and RBI numbers that the elite players at that position do.
Makes me sick as a Rays fan they drafted that shortstop instead of Buster
Considering that Buster was a pretty decent shortstop at FSU before moving to catcher, I don't think he'd be limited to first base as a potential landing spot once he gets some wear on his legs. I wouldn't be shocked if he eventually ends up at third base or even second base (aka the Craig Biggio career path).
I don't see him transitioning to a spot like second base where he would need more range as he gets older. He is not very fast. His numbers would be elite at 2nd though. I have the same argument with third base as I had with first. As a catcher his numbers are the best. At third he's somewhere in the 5-10 range offensively speaking and that's at 26, not 30-34 years old which is when the likely switch would happen.
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