With the trade deadline only a month away, rumors regarding the Giants have begun to swirl. Nobody has been the subject of chatter more than first baseman Brandon Belt.
Belt, who was a staple in two of the three Giants World Series teams has been having a down year average wise, batting .228 with a .341 on base percentage. However he leads the team in home runs (14), a true testament to the streaky offense he brings to the plate.
Belt’s inconsistency in the box is beginning to take its toll, but when you take AT&T Park into consideration — where a majority of his long fly balls would actually be home runs in other parks — it’s a little easier to understand. Grant Brisbee of the McCovey Chronicles joined KNBR’s Sportsphone 680 Thursday, saying he wouldn’t be surprised if the Giants decide to trade the Baby Giraffe.
“I wouldn’t be surprised for him to be dealt,” he said. “They might be thinking this could be the time to move him for value. At the same time, he’s not overpaid. I know he’s a very controversial player, some people just can’t stand him – he’s really not the best for AT&T Park.”
“The Yankees are in need of a first baseman,” he added. “I think Belt would fit there, what the Yankees are doing. He’s got just enough youth to kind of fit in with that weird hybrid contending roster they have. I think that’s an excellent, amazing fit for Belt. I don’t necessarily wish for a Belt trade to the Yankees, but if he were to get traded that would make just so much sense.”
Listen to the full podcast below. To hear Brisbee’s take on Belt, skip to 14:25.