Not to be outdone, the San Francisco Giants locked up All-Star catcher and reigning NL MVP Buster Posey with a big contract extension just hours after news about the Justin Verlander deal broke on Friday.
Posey, who was entering the final year under his current contract, will make $8 million this season, and then $159 million over the next eight seasons. The 26-year-old will remain under Giants control through 2021 with a club option for 2022.
Posey debuted for the Giants in 2009, where he played in seven big league games as one of the club’s September call-ups. He has appeared in 308 total games thus far in his career, and has already won an MVP award, a batting title, and has helped San Francisco win two World Series championships.
His new deal, which will see the youngster rake in a total of $167 million, is a record for a player with fewer than three years of major league service and a record for a player with fewer than four years of major league service. Posey’s contract is the longest ever for a catcher, and second in total value trailing only Joe Mauer, who signed an 8-year, $184 million extension with the Minnesota Twins in 2010.