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Brandon Belt likely to undergo knee surgery

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Giants manager Bruce Bochy said that first baseman Brandon Belt has flown back to San Francisco to see a team doctor, and added that Belt’s season is almost certainly over as he is likely to undergo knee surgery, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

Belt, 30, missed the last four games and obviously wasn’t included in Wednesday’s starting lineup due to soreness in his left knee. Belt hyperextended his left knee in late July and has been bothered by it on and off since.

Assuming his 2018 campaign is over, Belt finishes having hit .253/.342/.414 with 14 home runs and 46 RBI in 456 plate appearances. The 2016 All-Star is under contract for three more years at $16 million annually.

Marlins sign Brandon Kintzler to one-year, $3.25 million deal

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Jon Morosi reported on Saturday that the Marlins signed veteran reliever Brandon Kintzler to a one-year contract worth $3.25 million. The deal includes a club option for 2020 worth $4 million with a $250,000 buyout, according to ESPN’s Jesse Rogers.

Kintzler, 35, put up a terrific 2.68 ERA with 48 strikeouts and 13 walks over 57 innings for the Cubs last season. He’s been mostly good in recent years, but relievers in their mid-30’s have had a tough time finding multi-year deals.

The Marlins have a handful of players who could rack up saves this coming season, namely Drew Steckenrider and José Ureña along with Kintzler. The club will likely use spring training to determine an official closer, if they name one at all. The Marlins have also expressed interest in free agent Pedro Strop.