National League MVP Buster Posey has avoided arbitration with the SF Giants and agreed to a one year, eight million dollar deal.
Posey is coming off a career year in baseball that saw him hit .336, knock in 103 RBI’s and crush 24 home runs. He won the MVP, comeback player of the year, the silver slugger and the World Series.
As a rookie in 2010 Posey was called up mid-season and replaced Bengie Molina as the Giant’s starting catcher. San Francisco quickly became the hottest team in baseball and won the World Series.
In 2011 Posey’s sophomore season was ended when Florida Marlins’ Scott Cousins bowled him over crossing home plate. His ankle was shattered and major surgery was required.
Heading into 2012 no one knew what to expect from Posey’s surgically repaired ankled. Reports came out saying the Giant’s would be happy if he was able to play 120 games. Some of those games were expected to be at first base.
Posey ended up playing in 141 out of 162 games. A number of those games were at first base, allowing him to rest his ankle when it would start to bug him.
Going into the All Star Break Posey was putting up good numbers, but nothing special. After Melky Cabrera was suspended for PED use Posey took off and the Giants became the hottest team in the National League.
The rest was history. For the second time in three seasons Posey had led the Giants to winning the World Series. This offseason was his first arbitration eligible season. Most players do not get eight million in their first year of eligibility.
The San Francisco Chronicle’s Henry Schulman broke the new via his Twitter:
Posey gets $8 million.
— Henry Schulman (@hankschulman) January 18, 2013
What do you think? Is Buster Posey overpaid? Should he have been paid more?