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.
Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the Giants have made first baseman Brandon Belt available in a trade and says that several teams have expressed interest in him.
Which is kind of weird, really.
Belt turns 31 early next season. He hit .253/.342/.414 with 14 homers over 112 games last year due to a knee injury and time lost to an appendectomy. He has a history of concussions and has averaged only 115 games over the last five seasons. Oh, and makes $48 million over the next three years.
Yes, he could be a very useful player if healthy, but taking on that kind of money, even a part of that money, when many very affordable first base/DH options are out there on the market makes little sense to me. Matt Adams. Justin Bour. Lucas Duda. As good as Belt? No, I don’t think so. But way cheaper and requiring less of a commitment.
But hey, rumors are rumors. Let a thousand flowers bloom.