Buster Posey's recovery from right hip surgery could very well determine the Giants' success early next season, especially if the star backstop has to miss most of April.
Nonetheless, the Giants are maintaining optimism around Posey, with Bruce Bochy suggesting the former MVP will look like a completely different player next season. Considering his consistent injury-plagued presence in San Francisco's lineup, this is a good sign.
The higher-ups in San Francisco weren't shy in giving updates about Posey.
"Certainly with a guy like Buster, coming off the major surgery, it might impact his spring training workload and maybe even his early season workload, but for now, all the indications are positive that he'll be 100 percent," new Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi said at the winter meetings.
Posey's value behind the plate cannot be questioned, but a long-term transition to first base could be well under way. If the Giants opt to keep Posey healthy towards the end of his career, a position switch would be wise.