Zack Cozart
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Giants release Zack Cozart

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Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports that the Giants have placed third baseman Zack Cozart on unconditional release waivers. The club had designated Cozart for assignment on Monday in order to clear a 40-man roster spot for pitcher Jake Jewell.

The Giants acquired Cozart from the Angels last month along with minor league infielder Will Wilson in exchange for a player to be named later and cash.

Cozart, 34, spent the past couple of seasons with the Angels battling injuries. Across 360 plate appearances between both years, he mustered a .557 OPS. Given Cozart’s age, injury history, and declining production, he will likely have to settle for a minor league contract if he wants to continue his playing career.

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.