Giants senior vice president and GM Brian Sabean said that he doesn’t plan for the Giants to engage in talks with free agent ace starter Max Scherzer, Alex Pavlovic of the Mercury News reports.
Scherzer is clearly the top remaining pitcher of an unappetizing free agent class for starting pitching (beyond James Shields, of course). The 30-year-old, who took home 2013 AL Cy Young Award honors, led the league with 18 wins while posting a 3.15 ERA and a 252/63 K/BB ratio in 220 1/3 innings.
The Giants have had a relatively quiet off-season after winning their third championship in five years. Their biggest moves have been signing reliever Sergio Romo to a two-year, $15 million deal, signing starter Jake Peavy to a two-year, $24 million deal, and trading for third baseman Casey McGehee. They have notably lost third baseman Pablo Sandoval and 1B/OF Michael Morse to free agency.
San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey has opted out of the 2020 MLB season. The Giants have issued a statement saying that they “fully support Buster’s decision. Buster is an integral part of our team and will be sorely missed, but we look forward to having him back in 2021.”
Posey and his wife are adopting identical twin girls who were born prematurely and who are currently in the NICU and will be for some time. They are stable, but obviously theirs is not a situation that would be amenable to the demands of a baseball season as it’s currently structured. Recently Posey said, “I think there’s still some reservation on my end as well. I think I want to see kind of how things progress here over the next couple of weeks. I think it would be a little bit maybe naive or silly not to gauge what’s going on around you, not only around you here but paying attention to what’s happening in the country and different parts of the country.” He said that he talked about playing with his wife quite a great deal but, really, this seems like a no-brainer decision on his part.
In opting out Posey is foregoing the 60-game proration of his $21.4 million salary. He is under contract for one more year at $21.4 million as well. The Giants can pick up his 2022 club option for $22 million or buy him out for $3 million.
A veteran of 11 seasons, Posey has earned about $124 million to date. Which seems to be the common denominator with players who have opted out thus far. With the exception of Joe Ross and Héctor Noesí, the players to have opted out thus far have earned well above $10 million during their careers. Players that aren’t considered “high risk” and elect not to play do not get paid and do not receive service time.