While $100 million dollar contracts aren’t exactly outlandish in Major League Baseball, a catcher receiving such is unlikely.
That’s not to say they don’t deserve it considering the beating they take behind the plate, but that’s also why teams are less likely to invest such a high dollar amount into their catchers.
There are exclusions to the rule, say like Buster Posey of the San Francisco Giants, Joe Mauer of the Minnesota Twins or Yadier Molina of the St. Louis Cardinals, but for the most part, catchers don’t get the high value deals other players do. That may change this Winter when Atlanta Braves catcher Brian McCann hits the open market as one general manager recently told ESPN New York he sees McCann as a $100 million dollar player:
Brian McCann could receive a deal for six years and $100 million, an MLB GM told ESPN New York on Tuesday. The GM reasoned that McCann is a top-five catcher and could transition to first and DH toward the end of the deal.
The San Francisco Giants recently re-signed Posey to a eight year contract extension with $167 million dollars, though he was also 25 at the time of signing. Yadier Molina on the other hand, signed a very team friendly deal in 2012 for five years, $75 million which seems a bit more reasonable for McCann.
No word on if the new deal will come with an official ‘MLB Sheriff’ badge.