News: 17 hours agoPosey entered camp in good health and went 1-for-1 with a walk in Sunday's spring opener, Andrew Baggarly of The Athletic reports.
Spin: The 33-year-old opted out of the 2020 campaign to help raise newborn twins and should benefit from a year off from the grind behind the plate. Posey set career lows during 2018 and 2019 by posting a .741 OPS and .688 OPS, respectively, with 12 combined homers. The veteran catcher is unlikely to return to the MVP-level form from his mid-20s, but he could still be a plus both offensively and defensively for the Giants in 2021 with a rebound campaign.
ESPN Fantasy Projection: Posey opted out of the 2020 season due to COVID-19 concerns after adopting newborn twins, preventing us from seeing whether or not his poor 2019 season, in which he hit just .257/.320/.368, was the beginning of the end or merely a down year. His heir apparent, 2018 second overall pick Joey Bart, was called up midseason to stake his claim for the Giants' catcher job, but Bart understandably struggled given his brief minor-league experience, so the job appears to be Posey's again at least to start the year. Just what remains in his bat isn't clear, however. It's tough to expect too much from a 34-year-old who hasn't had an above-average batting line since 2018 and hasn't hit double-digit homers since 2017, but if the rest did him some good, he should at least be a playable lower-tier option behind the plate.