San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey, last year’s National League Most Valuable Player, has signed a contract to stay with the Giants into the next decade, team officials announced today.
The nine-year contract will keep Posey a Giant through the 2021 season with a club option for the 2022 season at the cost of $167 million, the most lucrative contract in the franchise’s history, according to MLB.com.
“Buster’s work ethic, leadership skills and extraordinary talent represent all that is great about our game and what it means to be a San Francisco Giant,” team president Larry Baer said in a statement.
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Posey, who turned 26 on Wednesday, has had an illustrious start to his career, winning a Rookie of the Year award and helping lead the Giants to a World Series championship in 2010, then winning the NL MVP and playing a key role in another World Series win in 2012.
“This is an exciting day for Giants fans everywhere and a fantastic way to kick off the 2013 season,” Baer said.
Posey is expected to join Baer and other team officials at a news conference to discuss the contract this evening prior to the Giants’ spring training game against the Oakland A’s at AT&T Park.
The Giants start the 2013 regular season on the road in Los Angeles next week and have their home opener scheduled for April 5 against St. Louis.
Dan McMenamin, Bay City News