San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey has chosen to opt out of the 2020 season, according to multiple reports. Posey, a former Rookie of the Year and MVP, becomes arguably the highest profile player to opt out so far.
Posey joins a list that includes David Price, Ian Desmond, Joe Ross, Ryan Zimmerman, Felix Hernandez and Nick Markakis, among others, in choosing not to play the 2020 season.
According to The Athletic's Andrew Baggarly, Posey missed time in camp because he and his wife are adopting twin girls. The twins were born prematurely, but are stable, and will be in the NICU for some time.
The Giants released an official statement, saying they "fully support Buster's decision. Buster is an integral part of our team and will be sorely missed, but we look forward to having him back in 2021."
Posey is a six-time All-Star, four-time Silver Slugger and Gold Glove winner for the Giants. His numbers took a dip last season, but he's a career .302 hitter with 140 home runs and 673 RBIs for San Francisco.