Report: Giants met with Brandon Belt’s representatives to discuss a multi-year deal

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CSN Bay Area’s Alex Pavlovic reports that Giants GM Bobby Evans met with representatives of first baseman Brandon Belt on Monday to continue discussing a potential multi-year contract. Belt will be eligible for arbitration for his fourth and final year after this season, and can become a free agent after the 2017 season.

While the Giants aren’t under any pressure to sign Belt, doing so before the season starts might save them some money in the long run if he has a healthy and productive year. This situation is new to Belt, who said, “It’s weird because I haven’t been through this. I’m not sure I have expectations. You play it by ear. You talk with people you know, people you trust, people you’re surrounded by.”

Belt, 28 in April, hit .280/.356/.478 with 18 home runs and 68 RBI over 556 plate appearances. He missed the final two weeks of the season dealing with concussion symptoms.

Pujols hits 701st career home run, connects for Cardinals

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ST. LOUIS — Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols hit his 701st home run, connecting Friday night against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Pujols launched a slider from former teammate Johan Oviedo over the Big Mac Land sign in left field at Busch Stadium. The solo drive in the fourth inning made it 1-all.

Pujols faced Oviedo for the first time and made the 24-year-old righty the 456th different pitcher he’s homered against.

The St. Louis star hadn’t homered in a week since hitting No. 699 and 700 at Dodger Stadium last Friday. Pujols had gone 10 at-bats without a home run after two starts and one pinch-hit appearance.

The Busch Stadium crowd gave the 42-year-old Pujols a long standing ovation before he came out of the Cardinals dugout to tip his cap for a curtain call.

Pujols hit his 22nd home run this season for the NL Central champion Cardinals.

Pujols is fourth on the career home run list behind Barry Bonds (762), Hank Aaron (755) and Babe Ruth (714).