The SF Giants have a decision to make this offseason on their longtime first baseman Brandon Belt. The left-handed bat finished the season on the injured list after undergoing knee surgery, but there could be more left in the tank for the 34-year-old.
3 reasons for the SF Giants to bring back longtime first baseman Brandon Belt
During his time in a Giants uniform, Brandon Belt has had quite the career. He helped the Giants win two World Series titles, was blamed whenever the team went through offensive slumps, and anointed himself captain just to name a few of his feats.
No matter what you think of him, he has been a fairly steady presence at first base for the past decade even with his numerous injuries.
After a disappointing, injury-plagued 2022 that ended with Belt getting knee surgery, some believed that Brandon Belt would retire, following in Buster Posey's footsteps. But it appears that Belt is intent upon giving it another go next season.
Belt has expressed a desire to come back to the Giants, the only organization he has known in his big league career. What remains to be seen is whether the Giants will reciprocate that interest.
There is some preliminary reporting that the Giants may be looking to move on from their longtime first baseman as he heads into his age-35 season.
On its face, this makes sense. Belt is getting older, has a lengthy injury history, and the Giants are looking to get younger and faster if they can.
They also have players on the roster who proved they can handle duties at first base and be productive at the plate like J.D. Davis and Wilmer Flores.
Despite this, there is still a case to be made for bringing back Belt.