Originally posted by Ninerjohn:
Originally posted by GhostofFredDean74:
Originally posted by VaBeachNiner:
Could Posey end up playing 3B in the future? I know there are a lot of things that have to happen before this, but it is interesting.
I know people talk about diminished value if Posey isn't behind the plate, but the longer Buster is behind the plate the more wear-and-tear he'll experience...and that will definitely diminish his value. So it's more about picking your poison. A veteran like Carlos Ruiz will be a free agent in 2015, which is about the same time Andrew Susac should be ready to make the 25-man roster. I say pair Susac with Ruiz (or someone like him) behind the plate and move Buster to 3rd in 2015.
I think it will all come down to how Panda dedicates himself and how convinced the Giants are that he will stay in shape and produce. If they decide to move him or not sign him then it makes sense to put Posey at 3rd. If they do sign Panda then I could see the Giants playing with the notion of Buster in LF.
If they do re-sign Panda and he loses the weight/keeps it off, I'd probably flip that around and have Panda in LF and play Buster at 3rd. To me, Buster is athletic in terms of short-area quickness, footwork and hands but he's pretty slow afoot, which doesn't bode well for an outfielder. But a slimmed-down Panda would be an excellent LF, IMO....if he could keep the weight off.