SAN FRANCISCO -- Buster Posey said Tuesday that participating in the World Baseball Classic is "something I'd really consider" if U.S. representatives asked him to play. "It's something I'm definitely interested in," Posey said. He added that several factors would influence his ultimate decision if he's invited to join the U.S. squad, including the condition of his surgically repaired left ankle. The 28-man rosters for the Classic will be announced in early December, followed by competition March 2-19. The Classic's championship round will be held March 17-19 at AT&T Park. Venues were officially announced Tuesday during a news conference at the ballpark.
Hector Sanchez, Posey's fellow catcher, also expressed enthusiasm to play in the Classic and represent his native Venezuela. Sanchez said that it would fulfill his "second-biggest dream," behind playing in the Major Leagues. "If the coaches in Venezuela give me the opportunity to be on the national team, of course I will be there," Sanchez said. Giants vice president of baseball operations Bobby Evans indicated that the club would back any player chosen for the Classic who wishes to compete in it, despite the conflict with Spring Training. "We're trying to be all-in and supportive of getting as many guys in there as they request," Evans said.