Brandon Belt, formerly of the San Francisco Giants, seems to have found a new home. It was reported numerous times on Monday that Belt had signed a one-year contract with the Toronto Blue Jays.
Belt, now 34, worked for a dozen years in the Bay Area. During that period, he hit 175 home runs and was a key part of the Giants’ 2012 and 2014 World Series victories.
He was selected to the MLB All-Star Game for the first and only time in 2016 after batting.275 with 66 RBIs. Even though he could only play in 97 games that year, he still managed to hit a career-high 29 home runs.
During the 2014 National League Division Series, Game 2 between the San Francisco Giants and the Washington Nationals went into extra innings. Belt hit a solo home run to give the Giants the winning run in the top of the 18th inning after neither side had scored in eight innings. When the NLDS was over, the Giants had defeated the Nationals and were on their way to winning their third championship in five years.
Belt’s departure adds insult to injury to the Giants’ already trying off-season. Attempts to sign American League MVP Aaron Judge were unsuccessful, and a $350 million contract with shortstop Carlos Correa fell through after Correa failed a physical. Mitch Haniger, Sean Manaea, Ross Stripling, and Michael Conforto are some of the seasoned veterans that San Francisco has added.
Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports that Belt signed a one-year, $9.3 million contract with the Giants. He’ll be joining a Toronto Blue Jays squad that fell short in last year’s postseason in the American League Wild Card stage.