Brandon Belt feels “sharp as a tack” after passing concussion tests

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Giants first baseman Brandon Belt could rejoin the team soon if manager Bruce Bochy has his way. Per CSN Bay Area’s Andrew Baggarly, Bochy says he doesn’t see any harm in activating Belt now, though he won’t be ready to face major league pitching for a little while longer.

Belt suffered a concussion a few days after the All-Star break and the effects lingered even after returning on August 2. He returned to the disabled list on August 7. The 26-year-old has hit 11 home runs, knocked in 24 runs, and compiled a .237/.296/.446 slash line in 51 games this season, most of them coming in the first half.

Baggarly’s article includes some funny quotes from Belt as well, which I’d be remiss not to highlight.

Belt said he aced a visual acuity test in which he had to shake his head up and down while identifying letters on an eye chart.

“Still sharp as a tack,” Belt said. “They basically said I’m a genius. I’m good to go. I missed one the entire test. If they tried to give me that last time, I would’ve gotten sick.

“I don’t know why, but I get really competitive when I do eye charts.”

Gallegos agrees to 2-year, $11M contract with Cardinals

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ST. LOUIS – Reliever Giovanny Gallegos and the St. Louis Cardinals agreed to a two-year, $11 million contract, a deal that includes a club option for 2025 and escalators that could make it worth $20.5 million over three seasons.

The 31-year-old right-hander is 3-5 with a 2.91 ERA and 14 saves in 20 chances this season. He has 72 strikeouts and 15 walks in 58 2/3 innings.

“I feel so happy,” Gallegos said before the Cardinals played the Pirates in Pittsburgh. “I don’t have the word for exactly how I’m feeling.”

He was obtained from the Yankees in July 2018 along with left-hander Chasen Shreve in the trade that sent first baseman Luke Voit to New York. Gallegos is 14-15 with a 3.02 ERA and 34 saves in six major league seasons.

Gallegos gets a $500,000 signing bonus and salaries of $4.5 million next year and $5.5 million in 2024. St. Louis has a $6.5 million team option for 2025 with a $500,000 buyout.

His 2025 option price can increase by up to $3.5 million for games finished in 2024: $500,000 each for 20-25 and 26-30 and 31-35, and $1 million apiece for 36-40 and 41 or more.

He would get $250,000 for winning the Rivera/Hoffman reliever of the year award, $50,000 for All-Star selection and World Series MVP and $25,000 for League Championship Series MVP.

Gallegos has a $2.41 million salary this year.

He was eligible for salary arbitration and is potentially eligible for free agency after the 2024 season.