Hard to trade SF Giants: Brandon Belt
Brandon Belt is another veteran who has struggled in recent years. Injuries held him back prior to the 2019 season, but in 2019 he remained healthy and struggled to produce the way we figured he would, hitting a measly .234/.339/.403.
It should be noted that Belt was incredibly unlucky last season. He had hard contact on a lot of balls that seemed to find webbing rather than grass. It would stand to reason that those breaks would even out over the course of another season.
Like Posey, Belt is set to make a lot of dough over the next two seasons, $16 million each year to be exact. A team would have to need a first baseman quite badly to take on some or all of that deal so it would be tough to trade Belt away. Plus, there is no heir apparent to Belt at first base in the same way there is with Posey at catcher.
One scenario that has been floated involves Bart being the catcher, Posey moving to first, and Belt moving to the outfield. This scenario still seems a few years off, and even then it still seems better on paper than in practice.
But no matter what, when baseball gets back, let’s hope Belt gets a little luckier at the plate than he did in 2019.