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Several teams interested in Brandon Belt, who is available for trade [report]



© Stan Szeto | 2018 Aug 31

Teams have engaged in discussions regarding a trade for Giants first baseman Brandon Belt, according to longtime MLB reporter Bob Nightengale.

Belt, 30, could be seen as one of the Giants’ most valuable trade chips, due largely to his ability to get on-base (career .356 OBP) and his defensive ability at first. Belt posted a slash line of .253/.342/.414 at the plate in 2018 with 18 doubles, 14 home runs and 46 RBI.

What’s less enticing, however, is that Belt has a hard time staying healthy (played 112 games last year), and that he is owed $16 million annually over the next three years. Belt also has a partial no-trade clause in his contract, allowing him to block a trade to 10 teams that he specifies.