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March 07, 2016

BUSTER POSEY

The Giants' 28-year-old catcher and 2012 NL MVP sat down with host Ryan Asselta to discuss the team's off-season upgrades and whether he'll ever make a move to first base.

RYAN ASSELTA: On paper last year you guys had one of the best rotations going into the season. However, injuries became a big issue. How big was this off-season for you, revamping the pitching rotation with big free-agent signings Johnny Cueto and Jeff Samardzija?

BUSTER POSEY: When you add guys like Cueto and Samardzija, you gotta feel good about that. I've faced those guys a decent amount of times over the past six years, and I'll be glad having to catch them now instead of hitting off of them.

RA: [Even with those additions] do you feel the Giants are flying under the radar heading into the season?

BP: I know in the clubhouse we feel like we've got a lot of talent. I think we understand the opportunity that we have, not only with the [pitching] staff but also with our position players. It's a unique opportunity, and we have to try to make the most of it.

RA: Many baseball experts have said that you should maybe switch to first base and save your knees. Do you ever see a move to first base happening?

BP: I plan on catching for as long as I can. I think since I didn't start catching until my sophomore year [at Florida State], I have less wear and tear on my body than someone who might have caught in high school, or as early as little league, and then all through college. The way I see it, I plan on catching my entire career until I'm told otherwise.

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—Buster Posey

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