The San Francisco Giants built a dynasty by identifying homegrown talent and filling in the roster with savvy trades and free agent pick ups. Belt was one of the diamonds in the rough the Giants found in the 5th round of the 2009 draft.
By 2012, Belt had become an everyday starter. The two time World Series champion has been one of the Giants most consistent hitters and his defense has been gold glove worthy. However, the team is not winning and Belt’s injury history has led to many missed games when they have needed his bat and glove.
Ultimately, the Giants may not be able to afford to see if Belt can play 150 games a season for them anymore.
The same could be said of Panik, who has missed several games over the last few seasons. While he was a huge reason the Giants won the 2014 World Series, his defense has plateaued and his offense has been non existent at times.
Panik is still young and his youth might be what makes him most attractive to other teams. However, the Giants need to get better at several positions and have some serviceable options to play second, like Alen Hanson and Kelby Tomlinson.
When you look at the Giants core, Belt and Panik seem like the most likely to be gone next season.