Trading Todd Frazier was a big deal, but the White Sox will make a key addition today that should keep fans of the rebuilding team interested: GM Rick Hahn announced that top prospect Yoan Moncada will be called up. He is expected to play on a regular basis.
Moncada, the game’s number two prospect according to Baseball America before the season, is hitting .282 with a .377 OBP, 12 home runs, 36 RBIs, 57 runs scored, 49 walks and 17 stolen bases in 80 games with Triple-A Charlotte this year. He just turned 22 at the end of May, making him young for that level, suggesting that even greater things lie ahead. He did play eight games at the big league level for Boston last year.
While primarily a second baseman, he has played a bit of third. He’ll likely stay at the keystone while Tyler Saladino plays third in place of the departed Frazier, but the Sox do have some flexibility with him.
Buster Posey has opted out of the 2020 MLB season. The San Francisco 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.
Poset had missed all of the Giants’ workouts so far, Recently he 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.