Based on the results of yesterday’s poll, it seems we’re mostly in agreement about being disappointed with how Buster Posey’s hip injury is being handled. So I thought today I would share this thread from Andrew Baggarly on Twitter:
Whether or not the games matter, they still have to play them — at all levels, too. And Giants don’t have much upper-level catching in the system. It impacts the CBT number, too, to have someone replace a DL’d Posey on MLB roster. https://t.co/cBZ72me9YR— Andrew Baggarly (@extrabaggs) August 22, 2018
My guess is they were waiting to reassess shortly after Sept. 1, and see what the NL West standings looked like when the AAA season ended. You shouldn’t force a franchise icon to postpone surgery because your system can’t cover AAA innings at a position, but there we are.— Andrew Baggarly (@extrabaggs) August 22, 2018
I’ll take this with a grain of salt, as I always do, but it certainly is something to think about. The Giants’ approach to the competitive balance tax this year has been pretty hard-line, but to keep your franchise player from getting needed surgery in a lost season just to save a little money seems like a pretty shady way to operate.
Additionally, KNBR reported that Mike Krukow found it surprising that the news about Posey’s hip had even gotten out to the public, noting how tight-lipped the organization is about things like this. But he added “I think once they get back home and have an airplane flight, include Larry Baer and the front office into this decision, get everybody on the same page, I think they’re going to pull the trigger and get it done. At least I hope they do.”
As do I.