What Could the San Francisco Giants get for Brandon Belt?
By Jake Mastroianni
If the San Francisco Giants decide to move Brandon Belt, they could get back a pretty nice haul of quality prospects.
That’s certainly not something the San Francisco Giants thought would happen when they signed him to a 5-year, $79 million contract extension in April 2016.
But with the team being sellers this year, their best trade trip could be the 29-year-old first basemen.
His average isn’t near what it’s been in the past this year, but he’s already hit 16 home runs.Belt’s career high for home runs in a season is 18.
There are several contending teams looking for help at first base, but the most obvious is the New York Yankees.
I think Belt could do wonders for that team playing in a very hitter friendly park for left-handed hitters.
So what could the San Francisco Giants get from the Yankees for Belt?
I think the San Francisco Giants would obviously love to get Gleyber Torres or Clint Frazier, but I think those two are off limits.
They could possibly get their third best prospect, Blake Rutherford, who was the Yankee’s first round pick last year.
If the San Francisco Giants wanted a pitcher in return, they could target Justus Sheffield or Chance Adams.
In any deal with the Yankees for Belt, I would ask for Greg Bird in return. That would give the Giants a replacement at first base, and someone who will be a bounce-back candidate.
I think a realistic haul from the Yankees would be Rutherford, Bird and a mid-level prospect for Belt. Or Sheffield/Adams, Bird and a mid-level prospect.
That’s the type of return I think the San Francisco Giants could be in for if they trade Brandon Belt. A major league ready replacement, a high level prospect and a mid-level prospect.
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Another team that could use Belt’s services is the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
From the Angels, I think the Giants should try to get Andrew Heaney, Matt Thaiss, and a mid-level prospect.
That would give you a major league ready arm and a possible future replacement at first base.
Belt is under team control through 2021 at a pretty reasonable contract, which is why the Giants should request a pretty good haul in return.
And if they don’t get the right package, there is nothing wrong with holding onto him. I think he can still be productive through the rest of his contract as the San Francisco Giants try to turn this thing around quickly.
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It will certainly be interesting to see what contenders are willing to pay to upgrade at first base this season. If a team gets desperate enough, I would not be surprised to see the San Francisco Giants move Brandon Belt.