The Diamondbacks have agreed to a contract extension with general manager Mike Hazen, the team confirmed Friday. MLB.com’s Steve Gilbert notes that the deal had been ‘in the works’ for 10 days already, though specific terms of the contract have yet to be released. Hazen’s previous contract was set to expire following the conclusion of the 2020 season.
Prior to signing on with the Diamondbacks in 2016, Hazen served in a number of roles with the Indians and Red Sox from 2001 through 2015, shaping Cleveland’s farm system in the early 2000s and helping guide Boston through a successful postseason run in 2013 as vice president and assistant general manager of the club.
During the fall of 2016, Hazen reached a pact with the Diamondbacks and stepped into a dual executive vice president/general manager role. While Arizona is still waiting for their first World Series championship since 2001, they’ve seen some degree of success under Hazen’s leadership: not only keeping their heads above .500, but rising to second place in the NL West and launching a brief postseason run in 2017.
While there was some speculation that Hazen would earn consideration for the vacant GM role in the Red Sox’ organization, it’s clear the Diamondbacks wanted to hold onto the exec for several more seasons. The Red Sox fired longtime GM — and Hazen’s former colleague — Dave Dombrowski on Monday.
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.