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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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SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – AUGUST 31: Austin Slater #53 of the San Francisco Giants hits a solo home run in the bottom of the first inning against the San Diego Padres at Oracle Park on August 31, 2019 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)

In-House Option: Austin Slater

Austin Slater has shown that he is versatile, playing in the infield and outfield in the minor leagues, including a decent amount of time at first base. It would probably not be the best use of that versatility to pencil him in as the everyday first baseman, but he has proven that he could at least be serviceable in the position.

That is provided he can shake off an ugly month of September.

The 26-year-old was hitting .281/.396/.529 with 17 extra-base hits in 144 plate appearances when the calendar flipped to September. However, he went just 6-for-47 (.128 BA) with 19 strikeouts in 48 trips to the plate over the final month.

He showed some pop in the minors last year with 17 doubles and 12 home runs in 296 plate appearances before he was called up, but he doesn’t have the prototypical power-hitting first baseman profile

He is probably better served as a versatile bench player who can start all over the diamond and who can get hot with the bat, but he’s an option worth considering if the Giants trade Belt and no outside addition is made.

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