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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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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 29: Dominic Smith #22 of the New York Mets celebrates after hitting a walk-off 3-run home run in the bottom of the eleventh inning against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field on September 29, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

Trade Target: Dominic Smith

Dominic Smith is an appealing option if the San Francisco Giants want a younger first baseman with some power who could develop alongside Mauricio Dubon on the right side of the infield.

The 24-year-old Smith is coming off the best season of his career in 2019. He hit .282/.355/.525 with 10 doubles and 11 home runs in 197 plate appearances in 89 games.

Pete Alonso is a rising star as the starting first baseman for the New York Mets, which has left Smith as a part-time player often miscast as an outfielder.

It would make sense then for the team to shop him in an effort to address another area of need on the roster, rather than letting him waste away behind Alonso.

His youth is an asset because he still has room to grow, whereas free agents like Abreu and Smoak are on the wrong side of 30. Smith is also under team control through the 2024 season, so he would become a long-term piece of the puzzle in San Francisco.

It’s tough to predict what the Giants would have to give up to acquire Smith, but according to RisingApple.com, one of the team’s top needs is bullpen help. Perhaps someone like Trevor Gott or Reyes Moronta could be the starting point in a deal for Smith.

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So there you have it, five players who could be the 2020 first baseman for the San Francisco Giants if Brandon Belt gets traded this offseason.

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