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SCOTTSDALE -- Good news for Giants fans, less interesting for anyone else: Buster Posey is a thousandaire!
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In fact, though the Giants are typically slow to announce deals for one-year players even after theyve all been signed (which they havent), the most educated guesses have Posey coming in at 550,000, give or take a used car. It would be less than Tim Lincecum got after his first Cy Young season, but more than National Rookie of the Year runner-up Jason Heyward.But, and this is more interesting than the actual number, which will leak out soon enough, it is a measure of how business is to be done with the Giants under B.T. Bill Neukom.For the record, the other Giants who signed, 19 of 30 in all, were Eli Whiteside, Darren Ford, Jose Casilla, Emmanuel Burriss, Clayton Tanner, Ehire Adrianza, Alex Hinshaw, Steve Edlefsen, Ryan Rohlinger, Thomas Neal, Henry Sosa, Francisco Peguero, Pablo Sandoval, Conor Gillaspie, Dan Runzler, Sergio Romo, Travis Ishikawa and Nate Schierholtz.Posey is hotcoveted enough that it would not be considered terribly risky to try and hook him into an arbitration-eating deal, not unlike the one that Tampa Bay gave Evan Longoria after one week of major league service.It was widely mocked, that six-year 17.5M (with three options worth another 27M) deal that now looks a lot like highway brigandry by the Rays. Indeed, a contract like that for Posey seems like such a bargain that the only way it could go bad is if Posey was eaten by a bear.Which, by the way, is forbidden in his current contract. No work on a bomb disposal unit, no blindfolded cliff diving in Mexico, and no bear devourings.But the Giants havent gone deep with a newbie before in the MagowanSabean era, nor have they done so in the NeukomSabean era. In fact, the rewards Sabean and Bruce Bochy got for stealing a World Series right out from under the nations noses indicates Neukoms unusually conservative streak.What he did was decide to vest Bochy and Sabeans 2012 options. No more, no less. No option for 2013. No improved parking space. No reupholstering the office spittoons. That was it. Neukom was not going to be tied to contracts he would regret later, even if it meant losing people that he would regret later.In fairness, there is nothing in the Longoria contract that should interest Posey and his agent, Casey Close. He could very well be the new centurys first Johnny Bench, and to take a deal in line with being the next Steve Yeager would be exactly the kind of thing that gets agents replaced.Still, there are risks worth taking, and this wouldnt be a bad one. Usually waiting for the market to make such decisions tends to become a very expensive prospect. If Posey would go for it, Neukom should dive head-first with a pen, a paper and a foot massage, if needed.True, there are other considerations (Lincecum, Jonathan Sanchez, Madison Bumgarner, the increasingly mythological Brandon Belt, et. al.), but Neukom has shown a conservative bent when it comes to spending money before its time. He was a little squeaky by most analyses when it came to Bochy and Sabean, and he would have had to have cleared any notion of a longer deal for Posey.I mean, who doesnt like prudence, especially in this day and age? But lets just say this -- if Posey remains Posey this year, the money the Giants saved will be returned to him with a loud thump next year. Just sayin, as the kids like to say.