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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 – SEPTEMBER 26: Aramis Garcia #16 of the San Francisco Giants hits a single that scored two runs in the eight eighth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Oracle Park on September 26, 2019 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

In-House Option: Aramis Garcia

Aramis Garcia is another player whose first position is not first base, but he has proven that he can be serviceable at the position.

His 2018 season made many optimistic that he could be a good backup option for Buster Posey and Belt going forward. However, he was passed over for backup catcher duties by Erik Kratz (remember him?) and then Stephen Vogt and he wound up spending most of the 2019 season at Triple-A Sacramento.

During his brief time in the majors this year, he hit just .143/.217/.310 with two home runs in 46 plate appearances, so he still has a lot to prove. That said, he’s manned first base in 15 of the 33 games he’s appeared in at the MLB level, so he has seen action at the position.

If he can show that he has gotten his bat back on track during spring training, he could push his way onto the Opening Day roster. Just like Slater, he is not a long-term option at first base, but with catching prospect Joey Bart likely to push Buster Posey to first base in the not-too-distant future, a stopgap might be all the team needs.

Now let’s wrap things up with a first baseman that the San Francisco Giants could acquire via trade.

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