The San Francisco Giants have agreed to terms on a one-year deal with Brandon Belt, thus avoiding the arbitration process for the tenth consecutive year. All of the beat writers tweeted it out within a couple minutes of each other, which means they probably got a text from Bobby Evans or someone else in the front office. A few minutes after the contract was reported, the dollar amount followed.
#SFGiants and Belt settled at $2.9 million, just above midpoint of $2.825 million.
— Andrew Baggarly (@CSNBaggs) February 19, 2014
That counts as a win for Belt. It’s not a huge win, but Belt will probably have an extra bounce to his step when he walks into Scottsdale Stadium for the team’s first full workout tomorrow morning. Or tomorrow afternoon if Belt’s flight to Arizona is delayed, since Belt had to make the trip to Florida in case a hearing was necessary.
And with that, my post about Belt’s potential arbitration case is rendered meaningless. We’re also going to miss out on juicy stories about how the Giants and Belt screamed at each other in some windowless room in St. Petersburg.
Or, perhaps that’s going to Bravo-level depths to boost drama through artificial means. Maybe the negotiations were never contentious, but the Giants are actually interested in locking Belt up for multiple years and it was taking too long for both sides to agree on years and dollars.
Now Belt enters the season as the probable No. 3 hitter in front of a motivated Buster Posey. With reports that Hector Sanchez has lost a considerable amount of weight since last season, Bruce Bochy may be even more tempted than usual to give Posey some time at first.
This is the part when 60% of the fans (give or take) throw their phone/computer/tablet on the ground and utter a few choice curse words.
Belt always seems to mash in Spring Training. He was one of the Cactus League’s best hitters last season. We should probably expect to see more of the same this Spring at the plate, but it’ll be interesting to see how often we see him in left field. If he ends up going to arbitration a year from now, having multi-positional experience on his resume couldn’t hurt.