Giants catching prospect Buster Posey saw time at first base Saturday in the club’s spring game against the Royals, but the San Jose Mercury News’ Andrew Baggarly says it doesn’t mean much. Baggarly’s points:
-The Giants are way short on bodies in the infield because of
injuries. And they had to fill out split squads today.
-Posey isn’t taking grounders or logging innings at any other infield
position. He won’t have six gloves in his locker.
-He’s still a catcher. No doubt about it.
The Giants re-signed veteran backstop Bengie Molina to a one-year, $4.5 million contract this winter and will go with him as their primary starting catcher for a majority of the upcoming season. Posey, though, could see a good chunk of playing time behind the plate in the second half. The 22-year-old prospect batted .325/.416/.531 last season with 18 home runs and 80 RBI between Single-A San Jose and Triple-A Fresno. He’s likely to kick off the 2010 season back at Fresno.
Per ESPN’s Jesse Rogers, Jake Arrieta‘s agent Scott Boras says they’ll discuss a potential contract extension with the Cubs when they meet in January to hammer out arbitration figures.
Arrieta, 30, is entering his third and final year of arbitration eligibility after earning $10.7 million in 2016. The right-hander followed up his Cy Young Award-winning 2015 campaign by going 18-8 with a 3.10 ERA and a 190/76 K/BB ratio in 197 1/3 innings during the regular season. Arrieta pitched well in the postseason, helping the Cubs win their first World Series since 1908.
While Boras clients tend to go to free agency, it’s not always the case. Stephen Strasburg inked a seven-year, $175 million extension with the Nationals earlier this year.
Evan Drellich of the Boston Herald reports, citing a source as well as Nikkan Sports, that reliever Koji Uehara is close to signing a one-year, $4.5 million deal with the Cubs.
Uehara, 41, finished the 2016 season with a 3.45 ERA and a 63/11 K/BB ratio over 47 innings. He missed some time in the second half with a strained right pectoral muscle. When Uehara returned from the disabled list on September 7, he tossed 11 scoreless innings with 12 strikeouts and two walks through the end of the regular season. So there’s at least some evidence, albeit in a very small sample size, that Uehara has stuff left in the tank.
The Cubs recently acquired closer Wade Davis from the Royals. Uehara would join Hector Rondon, Pedro Strop, Carl Edwards, Jr., Justin Grimm, and Mike Montgomery in what is once again a very deep bullpen.