It's a slow rainy day here in NY and I'm bored and have nothing to do, so I'm figuring why not make a fanpost, so my friends in SF can read it and be bored too? Anyway, I was thinking about being a contender next year, and the idea for me was to convert Buster Posey to the position where we need him the most right now, and that would be second base.
Why would I do this? Let's look at the plan right now. The plan is for Bengie Molina to play out the last year of his deal and then the Buster Posey era would begin. What is the problem with this? Bengie Molina is arguably the best hitter in our lineup, definitely the best RBI man, and a good defensive catcher, so why would we be shoving him out the door? He drove in about 95 runs last year, and seems on his way to having a similar type year, so why not give him a one or two year extension, and move Buster to second? Think about it, where's the upgrade if Buster replaces Bengie? He'll eventually be a better player, (probably a much better player) but how long will this take? Even if Buster DOES put up better numbers than Bengie in his rookie season, how much better can they be? How many more games would the Giants win?
Now let's look at second base. Manny Burriss is going to probably hit about .200 with 0 homeruns. Imagine the improvement if Buster takes his place and hits about .280 with 15 homers and 80 rbi. That's a huge improvement for one position, and if the Giants can make this kind of improvement at another position or two, (like outfield and first base) with our pitching it might even make us the best team in the division.
Now I know that long term, Buster will be far more valuable to the Giants as a catcher, so I would only do this until Bengie starts to show he is done, but for the 2010 season and perhaps the following year, I think the best move for this team would be to move Buster to second and give Bengie a short extension.