After a thrilling tenth inning victory over the Dodgers, Alex Pavlovic broke the news that the Giants have locked Brandon Belt up for six seasons.
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Per multiple sources, the deal is similar to the one Brandon Crawford signed, but bigger.
Here is the link to the tweet by Pavlovic:
As they have done for several years, the players who come up through the organization are compensated for their hard work for the franchise. This deal is basically a no-brainer when it comes to the player on the field.
Belt is a potential All-Star who already has the glove to win a Gold one. It’s all about being on the field, and with all of the work he has put in to battle back from his various injuries is commendable.
His numbers last year were comparable to another young power hitting first baseman, Freddie Freeman, and lots of teams are knocking on the Braves door to get him. This is a good place for him to play, as his power is to right field. He should really grow into the dimensions in the next couple of years.
What this means in the long-term as far as Buster Posey is that he and the team are comfortable not thinking about a move for the foreseeable future. That is one question that has begged to be answered for a while now, and we finally got it. Belt is the first baseman, he wouldn’t sign a long-term deal to feel uncomfortable in left field.
Belt sees the ball well up at the plate, and doesn’t go out of the strike zone that much. Those hitters are ones you can trust to maintain their batting average well into their careers.
What this news also does is create value in the minor leagues at both first base and the catcher’s position. With Trevor Brown and Andrew Susac as the primary backups to Posey, other quality backstops will likely either shift positions, or be dangled in trades to shore up other areas in the organization. And what about those first basemen waiting to play first at AT&T? They may need to learn an outfield position to crack the roster.
The Giants understood the value of their own player, and compensated him. It continues to drive home that message of togetherness.