Well, that was quite the game. Dodgers lose their no-hitter, and then Joe Blanton had trouble not staring into Brandon Crawford’s eyes, and boom, game over, drive home safely, baseball fans. Not even five minutes after the Giants and their fans were doing cannonballs into the puddles from the rain, delirious from their happiness, CSN Bay Area’s Alex Pavlovic tweeted out the breaking news that the Giants and Brandon Belt have agreed to a five-year extension that also reworks the money from this year. This means that in the 2021 season, you’ll be wondering what the Giants plan to do with Brandon Belt: keep him for a couple more seasons, or give the job to super-prospect Emilio Anderson, drafted in the 8th round of the 2019 Draft.
In case you’re wondering what the Giants are keeping:
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Certainly, there has been some disappointment from fans that Brandon Belt hasn’t kept up with Diamondbacks star Paul Goldschmidt, but as the Giants have shown, having around a .350 OBP, potentially 20-HR player that plays some pretty good defense is pretty good to keep around. From 2012 to 2016, Belt is 11th in fWAR among all that have played, higher than notables such as Albert Pujols, Prince Fielder, but lower than any superstar first baseman you can think of that’s kind of young.
I have been on the Pro-Belt side for quite some time, annoyingly so probably. I was not Pro-Belt before it was cool to be Pro-Belt, or maybe I was. Who cares. Anyway, we don’t know the money going to Belt, but I trust management that it’s reasonable. Good job, Giants.