The San Francisco Giants seem to be all set at the catcher position right now with Buster Posey locked up through 2021.
Or are they?
According to Jon Heyman of CBSSports, the Giants are one of the teams that may consider signing free agent catcher Brian McCann. If they were to sign him, the plan would likely be to move Posey to first base and have McCann be the everyday catcher. Brandon Belt, who spent the majority of last season at first base, could transition to the outfield, as the Giants are in need of a left fielder.
Of course, this is all preliminary and Heyman’s report doesn’t state explicitly that the Giants are interested in signing McCann, merely stating that “the idea hasn’t been ruled out in San Francisco.”
There are two clear reasons why they would want to sign another catcher when they already have one of the best in the game behind the plate. The first is their need for a left-handed power bat, according to Heyman, and the market is thin at that commodity. McCann hit .256 with 20 home runs with 57 RBI in 102 games last season. In his nine-year career, all with the Atlanta Braves, McCann has hit 20-plus home runs in his past eight seasons and has been named to the All-Star team seven of the last eight years.
The other reason would be their concern for the stability and health of Posey. There has been a lot of talk about him spending more time at first, and acquiring another catcher would allow them to play him at first base everyday. Posey started 21 games at first season, as opposed to 121 at catcher.