3 reasons for the SF Giants to bring back longtime first baseman Brandon Belt
Reason #1: He could still have something left in the tank
It may seem hard to believe, but Brandon Belt is only one year removed from a season in which he had 29 home runs and hit .274/.378/.597. It was arguably the best season of Belt's career, and it is not impossible that he could have similar success next season.
We all know 2022 was a disappointment compared to Belt's stellar 2021. He was hurt a bunch, and when he was on the field he looked like a far cry from the dominant hitter he was in 2021.
But, we can assume that the injuries Belt dealt with throughout the year, especially the knee one, limited his abilities throughout the season. Now that Belt has addressed the knee issue, perhaps he can perform at a higher level next season.
Of course, there are no guarantees. Injuries have been a constant throughout Belt's career, so it would be a minor miracle if he played close to a full season at age 35.
But, there is a chance that he can recapture some of that old form. And we know that when Belt gets hot he has the ability to power an offense, which is something the Giants missed dearly in 2022.