Brandon Belt, magnet for unfortunate injuries and hitter of extra-inning dingers, has agreed to a one-year deal, avoiding arbitration. The gangly first baseman will make $3.6 million last year -- lower than the midpoint of the salaries the two sides exchanged, but slightly higher than the MLB Trade Rumors projection of $3.4 million.
This leaves Casey McGehee as the only arbitration-eligible player who still hasn't signed, and he might be the first Giant to go to arbitration with the team since A.J. Pierzynski. The situation is similar: recently acquired player, unfamiliar with the team, asks for way more than expected. Why, I'm prepared to blame him for not getting Yoan Moncada already.
Belt isn't a free agent until after the 2017 season, so it's not time to freak about him not having an extension yet. It's probably time to mutter things under your breath though, especially if he's the only guy hitting dingers on the 2015 Giants. Later today, I'll look at what a Belt extension might look like.
My first guess is pretty much a regular Belt, but with extra holes punched toward the end.
Hit dingers, Brandon Belt. Congratulations on the millions. Let us all celebrate with a video.
That must have felt like a punch right in the tanneroark.