C,1B - SF
Buster Posey is slated to be the Giants "primary catcher" in 2021, per manager Gabe Kapler. He also noted that Posey, who opted out of the 2020 season, added some muscle in the offseason.
Posey should be well rested after taking the season off but Kapler didn't specify how many games a week he would catch. At age 33, he won't be behind the plate every game and promising prospect Joey Bart figures to be in the mix as well. It remains to be seen how playing time will be distributed but Posey is sure to begin the season as the team's starting backstop.
San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey has opted out of the 2020 season, according to multiple reports. Andrew Baggarly reports on Twitter that Posey and his wife are adopting identical twin girls who were born prematurely and will be in NICU for some time.
While once an elite contributor for fantasy owners, Posey hit just .257 with seven home runs across 114 games last season. The logical speculation will turn to top-prospect Joey Bart assuming the catching job in San Francisco, but the Giants would reportedly prefer for Bart to get some more time in the minor leagues.
Buster Posey missed team workouts on Thursday while dealing with a 'personal issue'.
Posey has been vocal about not being 100% committed to playing this season just yet. He has been at workouts up to this point, but it's easy to speculate that maybe he's beginning to sway the other way. If he does opt out, the Giants would be left with Rob Brantly at catcher, or perhaps, Joey Bart.
Buster Posey arrived to Giants camp on Saturday.
Posey was absent from Friday's workout but is now with the team. However, he is still deciding whether or not to play this season. "I think there's still some reservation on my end as well, he said. "I want to see how things progress over the next couple weeks. It would be ...naive or silly not to gauge what's going on around you." Fantasy managers should expect more players from around the league to opt out within the coming days/weeks.
The San Francisco Giants have hired Gabe Kapler to be their manager.
Kapler, who was fired by the Phillies during the off-season, managed the team to a 161-163 record the past two years. He will replace Bruce Bochy as the Giants skipper and will become just the team’s fourth manager since 1993.