The Giants and catcher Buster Posey are in serious discussions about a long-term deal, according to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com. We first learned last week that Posey and the Giants have been discussing a lengthy deal with Posey hoping to become a Giant for life.
A ten-year deal would not be out of the question, according to Heyman, and the two sides have been trying to hammer something out by Opening Day. A ten-year deal that begins in 2013 would buy out six of Posey's free agent seasons and would cost well over $100MM. This winter marked Posey's first time through the arbitration process and the clubs avoided a hearing with a $8MM salary for 2013.
Posey is a super two player and is scheduled to go to arbitration three more times. As it stands, the catcher will be eligible for free agency following the 2016 season. In parts of four MLB seasons, the 25-year-old has a .314/.380/.503 batting line, two World Series titles, a Rookie of the Year award, and an MVP award.
The Giants reached agreement on a deal with star pitcher Matt Cain just prior to Opening Day 2012 that gave Cain an additional $112.5MM over five years.