Jon Heyman reports that the Giants and Brandon Belt avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $3.6 million contract. Belt had asked for $4.5 million and was offered $3 million from the Giants when arbitration figures were exchanged.
Belt’s 2014 was derailed by injuries, causing him to appear in just 61 games last season. He hit .243/.306/.449 with 12 homers. Which explains why the settlement number was a lot closer to the Giants’ submission than his own.
Belt has two more trips through arbitration in his future and can become a free agent following the 2017 season.
Ken Rosenthal reports that the Milwaukee Brewers have agreed to a five-year $15.5 million deal with pitcher Freddy Peralta. There are two club options as well, which would nearly double the overall value of the contract if exercised.
Peralta, who turns 24 in June, has amazing stuff. He has struggled so far, having posted a 4.79 ERA in 163.1 major league innings across two seasons, but people who follow him closely believe that he’s primed for a breakthrough. For now he’s a reliever — he’ll likely be a multi-inning fireman for the 2020 season — but he has was mostly a starter in his rookie year before assuming swingman duties last season. He could become one again if things break right in his development. Sort of a Brandon Woodruff track.
If that happens the Brewers will, quite obviously, have a bargain on their hands. If not, at least Peralta has some security on his.