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Rockies to call up prospect Brendan Rodgers

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Another day, another prospect gets called up. Well, another two days, as Thomas Harding of MLB.com is reporting that the Rockies are calling up shortstop prospect Brendan Rodgers tomorrow.

Rogers, 22, is batting .356/.421/.644 with nine home runs, 21 RBI, and 34 runs scored in 35 games this season at Triple-A Albuquerque. Adjust for (a) Albuquerque (elev: 5,312 feet); and (b) this year’s insanely-inflating Triple-A numbers in general, of course.

Still, Rodgers is considered a top 25-30 prospect overall. He’s reported to be an excellent contact hitter and has good power for a middle infielder. The only knock so far has been health, as he’s suffered some nagging injuries over the years which limited him to 114, 89 and 110 games over the past three seasons in the minors.

Rodgers could play some shortstop given that Trevor Story suffered a bruised knee in last night’s game against the Red Sox, but many think his future lies at second base. Which, this year, has been an offensive black hole for Colorado.

Buster Posey opts out of the 2020 season

Buster Posey has opted out
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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.