Buster Posey injures left leg in collision at home plate

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UPDATE: Posey had an MRI and x-rays. Andrew Baggarly spoke with a team official afterward. The official didn’t reveal the results, but he said “not good.”  Baggarly asked if the leg was broken. The response: “Not good.”  That’s, well, not good. Not good at all.

2: 37 AM: 2010 NL Rookie of the Year Buster Posey suffered what appeared to be a serious injury to his lower left leg in a collision with Scott Cousins at home plate in the 12th inning of Wednesday’s game against the Marlins.

Cousins scored on the sac fly after bowling over Posey, giving the Marlins a 7-6 lead in the contest.  They won by that score after Burke Badenhop pitched a scoreless bottom of the 12th.

Posey’s injury looks like the story of the game, though.  He was unable to put any weight on his left leg as he was helped off the field.  It appeared his leg got trapped under his body as Cousins plowed into him, and the fear is that Posey’s ankle snapped as a result.

The video is here.

If Posey is going to miss a couple of months, it will be interesting to see if the Giants decide to check out Bengie Molina’s availability.  Molina, a longtime Giant, was made expendable by Posey’s arrival last year and got traded to the Rangers as a result.  At least initially, the Giants would go with Eli Whiteside as their starting catcher and likely add Chris Stewart as a backup.

Cubs won’t make Kyle Schwarber available in trade talks

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Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the Cubs won’t deal Kyle Schwarber this winter, despite multiple inquires from teams around the league. Schwarber is approaching his first year of arbitration and will remain under team control for another three seasons before reaching free agency in 2022.

The decision comes on the heels of one of the strongest seasons of the 25-year-old outfielder’s short career. Over 137 games and 510 PA for the Cubs, he proved a passable defender in left field and batted .238/.356/.467 with 26 home runs, an .823 OPS, and 3.2 fWAR in 2018. He also led the National League in intentional walks, with 20, and bumped up his total walks from 59 in 2017 to 78.

Despite his marked improvements from previous years, Schwarber’s performance still left something to be desired — specifically against left-handed pitchers, who held the slugger to a paltry .224/.352/.303 with four extra-base hits across 91 PA. Still, it’s evident the Cubs feel Schwarber is capable of strengthening his splits in the years to come, and they might stand to get more value from him on the field than they would in a trade this offseason.

Of course, that’s not to say the Cubs intend to pass the Winter Meetings in total silence, especially as they’ll be seeking bullpen and catching depth in advance of their 2019 run at the division title. As club president Theo Epstein remarked last week, “We’re certainly open and active in trade talks with a lot of deals that usually don’t come to fruition. So, we may make some trades. We could make big ones that transform the roster. We may make smaller complementary ones. But there’s certain things we’d like to accomplish.”