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Giants: Five options to replace Brandon Belt if he’s traded

Nick San Miguel
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - AUGUST 28: Jose Abreu #79 of the Chicago White Sox hits a RBI double in the first inning against the Minnesota Twins at Guaranteed Rate Field on August 28, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Quinn Harris/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - AUGUST 28: Jose Abreu #79 of the Chicago White Sox hits a RBI double in the first inning against the Minnesota Twins at Guaranteed Rate Field on August 28, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Quinn Harris/Getty Images) /
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TORONTO, ON – AUGUST 27: Justin Smoak #14 of the Toronto Blue Jays walks in the eighth inning during a MLB game against the Atlanta Braves at Rogers Centre on August 27, 2019 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images) /

Free-Agent Target: Justin Smoak

Justin Smoak has spent the past five seasons with the Toronto Blue Jays, and even though his power numbers dipped in 2019, he’s a proven power hitter and run producer.

The switch-hitter enjoyed the best season of his career in 2017, belting 38 home runs to earn a spot on the AL All-Star team.

He followed that up with 25 homers in 2018 and 22 homers this past season, posting a 119 OPS+ during that three-year span. While his batting average has slid from .270 to .242 to .208 during that time, his .350 on-base percentage over those three years has helped prop up his overall game.

He made a reasonable $8 million in 2019, and after a down year, he could be one of the more affordable power hitters on the market. He’s not perfect, but he would provide some welcome power, and the Giants should have a realistic shot at signing him if they are in fact interested.

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