Jayson Stark of The Athletic hears that the Phillies talked to the Diamondbacks about Paul Goldschmidt. A potential deal involving pitcher Zach Eflin was discussed, but then things broke down once the Phillies brought up the idea of Arizona taking Carlos Santana which, nope, is not exactly what the Dbacks are wanting to do right now.
Goldschmidt, as we’ve discussed, is heading into his walk year for a Dbacks team that could very well lose Patrick Corbin and A.J. Pollock this offseason and is thus considering just tearing down and selling off. In addition to Goldschmidt, Zack Greinke is reportedly on the block as well. For his part, Goldschmidt remains an MVP-caliber player and is only making $14.5 million in 2019, so he’d take quite a haul of prospects, even if it is his walk year.
Like a lot of offseason transaction rumors, the end product of this is “welp, nothing came of it, so why should I care?” I think the takeaway here, however, should be more like “dang, the Phillies are willing to try anything and at least are thinking big.” The talk about them has mostly surrounded how they’ve positioned themselves to bid on Bryce Harper and/or Manny Machado, but they clearly aren’t limiting themselves to that. And, in trying to shop Santana, they are not content to pretend that past signings weren’t mistakes, as so many teams tend to do.
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.