The Giants have quietly started contract talks with the goal of locking up young superstar catcher Buster Posey to a mega-deal.

Word is, there's a decent-sized gap at this point, though not enough of a gap that the team or Posey has given up trying. Posey surely would like to be a Giant for life if at all possible, and the Giants, run by very smart and deep-pocketed people, wouldn't be opposed to such an arrangement, either, if it can be accomplished.

The question is, how long?

And of course, for how much?

These are not easy questions since Posey is a once-in-a-generation type player who's won two World Series and an MVP award , and he is just starting out.

Posey surely would like a deal for at least 10 years, and that isn't unreasonable. He is the franchise man they can't afford to let get away three more years after this one. He is only 25 and has already been the best player on two World Series champions in his two complete years – the only two World Series championships the Giants have won in 55 seasons in the Bay Area.

So they are 2 for 2 with him.

And 0 for 53 without him.

Giants chairman Larry Baer mentioned in recent interviews that the team and Posey were talking about a deal that could take care of the three extra arbitration years. And that is one possibility.