Fans everywhere, even here in New York are very sympathetic towards the 23-year-old Posey. You’d be hard pressed to find a baseball fan that didn’t admired how Posey led his team to winning a World Series.
A player like Posey is what is referred to as rarified air, as they don’t come around very often. Speaking as a sports fan you appreciated the Posey-types for their magical abilities, both as a player and a person.
Posey is on the DL and what looks like for the season, so that means no one will see Posey till 2012 Spring Training.
This injury sounds pretty worrying and is detailed very clearly by Ali Mohamadi – SB Nation Medical Expert, who explains the severity of it.
What does this mean for the reigning World Champs?
Well, the fact is the Giants would not be the World Champs without Posey.
Posey is not just a stellar backstop, but he brings a big bat and happens to be the most productive hitter on a team that is not strong offensively.
With the majority of the 2011 season still yet to be played, the Giants might have to go shopping for a catcher or at least a prolific hitter if the Champs plan on keeping their crown.
The Giants have a 79-54 record, with a 3.26 ERA since Posey became their full-time catcher. Without question Posey earned the trust from the Giants pitchers, which is not that easy to do and he seemed to fit right in the San Francisco puzzle.
Where Could The Yankees Come In?
Need a young, talented catcher? The Yankees are the place to look.
Well, first a big thanks to Yankees GM Brian Cashman for building the Bombers farm system to be one of the deepest in baseball, as it houses three of the best young, catching talents in the minors.
Jesus Montero, Austin Romaine and Gary Sanchez are all familiar names to Yankees fans, and many have been keeping watch over these three kids for the last year.
Montero has been in trade talks since this time last season. Montero provides the biggest bat of the three; as he is ranked #3 prospect by Baseball America and is currently hitting .311 for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes Barre.
Veteran pitcher Bengie Molina told Andrew Baggarly from the San Jose Mercury News if the Giants “are smart,” they’d move Posey to first or third base.
You sort of have to agree, as a bat that can change the course of a team’s season might be to precious not too.
Whether the Giants GM Brian Sabean can put together a package creative enough to appeal to New York is a whole different story.
Starting pitcher Barry Zito is not going to lure Cashman. I can promise you the Yankees are not dumb enough to think they can get Tim Lincecum, but one of the other young arms is probably what it will cost. Sabean didn’t do anything in the off-season except allow a better shortstop to walk, but Posey is a whole different story.
For now the Giants will have to get used to the tandem of backup Eli Whiteside and journeyman Chris Stewart.
The idea of this trade ever happening is a long shot.
The Giants know that without an upgrade soon, they can wave the idea of repeating or even making the playoffs goodbye.
Still, the ideal player for the Giants would be a catcher, who can hit. Not only would they free-up Posey for a possible position move, but mainly they would have a viable back-up, which permits Posey more needed days-off and it prevents an injury from leaving the team totally crippled.
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