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Report: Rockies sign Matt Holliday to minors deal

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Retirement may not be in the cards for Matt Holliday after all. Four months after signing on with MLB Network Radio as an analyst, the 38-year-old outfielder/DH is heading back to the Rockies on a minor league deal, MLB.com’s Thomas Harding reported Saturday. The team has yet to officially announce the signing, as it’s currently pending a physical, but The Athletic’s Nick Groke adds that the veteran outfielder is expected to report to Triple-A Albuquerque once the deal is official.

Holliday hasn’t appeared in the major leagues since 2017, when he slashed .231/.316/.432 with the Yankees on a one-year, $13 deal. His best days, however, came with the Rockies back in the late 2000s; over five seasons in Colorado, he batted a cumulative .319/.386/.552 with 128 home runs, a .938 OPS and 20.2 fWAR.

It’s not clear exactly how the club intends to utilize Holliday this year. He split time between first base and DH with the Yankees last season and was predominantly used as a corner outfielder during his eight-year campaign with the Cardinals. Assuming the Rockies elect to keep him out of the mix with Gerardo Parra, Charlie Blackmon, Carlos Gonzalez and Noel Cuevas once he gets called up, he might provide some pop off the bench as a pinch-hitter — especially if he can replicate the 19 home runs and .748 OPS he generated in 2017.

Buster Posey has opted out of the season

Buster Posey has opted out
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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.