Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Saltzman Says...Buster Posey Out The Season

Buster Posey is out the season.  We all know that now.

The Giants are going with Eli Whiteside in the short term, primarily because he is a good defensive catcher and calls a good game, and the complete lack of options available in trade.

Bengi Molina, who is not in game shape and was already denied an offer by Boston, would take at least a month to get to a place where he can play physically.  Even if he did, Whiteside is as good an option as Molina at this stage of their careers.

Ivan Rodriguez is the best option in trade, in theory, but Washington wants way too much in return.  Mostly because they feel Rodriguez gives them a great veteran leader for their young players to learn from.  Even if that doesn't mean wins this year, it could mean more wins down the line with a healthy Ryan Zimmerman and Jayson Werth playing like his contract.

The only offensive options in the minors both currently play in San Jose, and neither Hector Sanchez or Tommy Joseph are ready for the big leagues.  Sanchez should get promoted first of the two, and could be in Fresno by the end of the season, but either way, Posey will be ready for next year if all goes well.

Both doctors, trainers, and Posey himself have claimed he will be ready for Spring Training in 2012.

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