Can Brandon Belt play third base?

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Observed: The Giants have the second-to-worst offense in the National League, scoring only 3.54 runs a game.

Observed: By virtue of the Pablo Sandoval injury, their starting third baseman is Miguel Tejada, who is hitting .211/.245/.295.

Observed: Brandon Belt, who they sent down to Fresno last week, is hitting .517 with two homers four doubles, eight walks and ten RBI in 37 plate appearances at AAA.

Yes, I know Belt doesn’t play third base, but Miguel Tejada stinks on ice on defense too.  If you’re the Giants, don’t you try something?  This is getting pathetic.

UPDATE: Gleeman reminds me that, duh, Belt is a lefty and you don’t exactly see a lot of lefties playing third base. So, fine, dumb idea. Even so, at least consider putting Huff over there. Yeah, he’d stink too, but he’s already showed an admirable willingness to embarrass himself on defense this year, so maybe it could work.  And all of that said, I’d probably rather play an inexperienced lefty third baseman than Miguel Tejada right now.

Report: Momentum in talks between Mariners, Jon Jay

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MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand reports that there is some momentum in talks between the Mariners and free agent outfielder Jon Jay.

Jay, 32, hit .296/.374/.375 in 433 plate appearances with the Cubs last season, which is adequate. He’s heralded more for his defense and his ability to play all three outfield spots.

The Mariners are losing center fielder Jarrod Dyson to free agency and likely don’t want to rely on Guillermo Heredia next season, hence the interest in Jay. The free agent class for center fielders is otherwise relatively weak.