John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that Giants third baseman Evan Longoria has a fractured fifth metacarpal. He is certainly headed to the disabled list. Though the Giants haven’t yet announced a timetable, it’s the same injury suffered by Madison Bumgarner in spring training on March 23. Bumgarner didn’t make his season debut until June 5, so we can roughly estimate that Longoria will be out for about two and a half months.
Longoria, 32, suffered the injury leading off the top of the fourth inning of Thursday afternoon’s game (an eventual 6-3, 16-inning win) against the Marlins. He ran the bases but was replaced at third base by Alen Hanson in the bottom half of the fourth. Longoria hits the shelf batting .246/.278/.434 with 10 home runs and 34 RBI in 270 plate appearances.
Shea suggests that Brandon Belt could return from the disabled list earlier than expected, perhaps tomorrow even. Pablo Sandoval may be called on to handle third base while Longoria is out. Hanson could also see his playing time increased.
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.