How Buster Posey Giants ownership role adds value to MLB’s big offseason

SAN FRANCISCO – Georgia’s Buster Posey prize bag contains every piece of hardware a top player can hope to win, and it’s not far from the day he’ll have to prepare to give a speech in Cooperstown. But there was one role in Major League Baseball that Posey couldn’t master.

The Giants have involved Posey on many recruiting trips over the years, including a visit with John Lister nearly a decade ago and a trip to Los Angeles five years ago to meet Shohei Ohtani. When runner-up banners started piling up in the front office, Posey joked that his enlistment days are over, but now he might try her out in a different role.

The organization announced this Wednesday morning Posey bought in property collectionAnd, while it’s unclear what that will mean for his future in players’ transactions, it does give them another card to play at times.

Posey is a modern player who has won tremendous respect from his peers, and now he will hold one of six board seats for an organization bent on trying to make a breakthrough this season.

“My recruiting record isn’t very good. There’s time to improve that,” Posey said on the Zoom call. “I think my role will be to be as helpful as I can be, and if that involves taking the time to get to know a potential free agent, I’ll happily do so.”

Posey now joins a board chaired by Greg Johnson, who spoke to a group of reporters for the first time since taking over as the person in charge of the organization’s ownership group, which now includes 31 people after Posey’s announcement. Johnson said the franchise “hopes” that Posey will play a major role.

“For someone like Buster to have this one-on-one discussion as part of the process, I think is very additive to this overall process,” Johnson said.

Bossi made it clear that all decisions will still be made by President of Baseball Operations Farhan Zaidi, and Johnson passed an in-depth discussion of the current status of the giants or the 2022 season, noting that Zaidi will soon meet with reporters to give a report of his own. Takes. Posey’s initial role will be a small one – and given the franchise’s valuation, more than $3 billion – the initial stake is certainly small, too.

Posey declined to provide details about his share of the pie, and noted that he had moved his family, including four young children, to Georgia, and he still can’t be seen on the playground often. But you don’t make that kind of movement without some expectation that Posey — like Magic Johnson, Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, and others — will be in the spotlight more than other owners and board members with much larger stakes.

“We wish we could announce Buster would take the field for us this year or next but I think that’s the next best thing,” Johnson said. “I think at the end of the day, having someone like Buster – whom I’ve definitely come to know over the years and I’m sure from all of you – I really know he is a unique individual, who goes above and beyond stats, as well as plays great on the pitch. He is really a really good and thoughtful person for the Giants. After leaving the competitive side of the field, I think he added a lot of value and ideas.”

Johnson noted that when he initially took charge, he was shocked by the lack of trust between players and ownership, two sides who only reached an agreement on a new CBA after a lengthy shutdown in the last season.

He said the Giants would “be a stronger organization” due to Posey’s inclusion and added that baseball would be stronger for her as well.

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For the Giants to be stronger on the field, they need someone like Posey at the center of the play. After a year of winning 107 games, they are on track to finish under 0.500, but Johnson said there is an obligation to be aggressive this season. Posey said he is “excited to provide insight” as the Giants chase some big names and potentially raise salaries.

“Ultimately as we’ve said before, we don’t have a fixed number (for payroll) yet. That’s what we think we have to do to put a competitive team on the field,” Johnson said. “You know, we have a lot of flexibility in this off season and we are very aware of the short stops (the free agent) and the person who can get into the Bronx who is there.

“Farhan will come up with his proposed number eventually. We haven’t done that yet, but we’re definitely looking at that now that we’re well aware we have some gaps to address.”

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