Good luck to the San Francisco Giants trying to figure out what catcher Buster Posey is worth long term.
It's not a stretch to imagine Posey replacing Derek Jeter as the game's standard-bearer. Heck, the 25-year-old Posey already is more accomplished than Jeter at a comparable stage of his career, despite appearing in only 308 regular-season games.
Both players won Rookie of the Year awards and two World Series championships in their first three seasons. But Posey last season captured two honors that Jeter never has won, a batting title and MVP award.
Posey and the Giants recently agreed on an $8 million salary for 2013, a record settlement for a player in his first year of arbitration (the Philadelphia Phillies' Ryan Howard earned $10 million in his first year, but "won" his salary in a hearing).
The two sides have mutual interest in reaching a long-term agreement, but no real urgency to complete such a deal, major league sources say.