Just hours before the two sides were scheduled have an official arbitration hearing, the San Francisco Giants and first basemen Brandon Belt have agreed to a settlement on a 1-year contract.
#SFGiants avoid arbitration and sign Brandon Belt to 1 yr deal for $2.9 million. Nice bump, he made $531K last year
— Larry Beil (@LarryBeilABC7) February 19, 2014
The $2.9 million figure for the 2014 season is about $75,000 more than the mid-point between the offers presented by both sides, and this seems to make all kinds of sense. The hilarious part about the move is that Belt’s representation was reportedly already in route to court in Florida for the hearing, but as a result of the last-second agreement, they were certainly okay to turn around and come back.
Belt, who will be 26 years old in April, is a former elite prospect who had the best season of his young career in 2013. Over 571 plate appearances, he produced a .289/.360/.481 slash line with 17 home runs (4.0 fWAR), but with a bit more power potential in his bat, many believe that the first baseman has All-Star potential down the road. Giants fans seem to be clamoring for a long-term extension for Belt, but until he can produce another big season, it appears as if a 1-year agreement will have to suffice.