175 home runs SF 12-year one-club man goes to Toronto signing a one-year contract of 11.5 billion won.
Brandon Belt (34), who was walking the path of a San Francisco Giants one-club man, will build a new nest in the Toronto Blue Jays.
Caitlin McGrath, Toronto reporter for the U.S. sports media “The Athletic,” announced on the 10th (Korea Standard Time) that “Toronto has agreed to a one-year $9.3 million (about 11.5 billion won) contract with Belt.”
Belt joined San Francisco in 2009 as a fifth-round pick for the rookie draft and began to gain opportunities in the big leagues in 2011. He played in 1,310 games in 12 seasons in San Francisco, batting .261 (1,146 hits in 4,390 at-bats), 175 home runs, and 584 RBIs.
Belt played a leading role in winning the 2012 San Francisco World Series. In 145 games that year, he recorded a batting average of 0.275 with a on-base percentage of 0.360 and a slugging percentage of 0.421 and solidified his position as the first baseman. In 2014, he made 61 appearances due to injury, but returned healthy after rehabilitation and contributed to San Francisco’s World Series title once more that year.
“MLB Trade Lumus” said, “Belt struggled with injury issues, but he steadily showed productive offense as long as he was healthy.” San Francisco’s home stadium was pitcher-friendly, so there were few hits over the fence, but it has a long-hitting power that can hit more than 30 doubles every year. The on-base percentage is also very high due to the high walk ratio,’ he analyzed.
At the start of the 2016 season, San Francisco signed an extension contract with Belt for five years and $72.8 million. Belt was also named an All-Star for the first and last time in his career, with a batting average of 0.275, an on-base percentage of 0.394, and a slugging percentage of 0.474 in 655 at-bats in 2016, the first year of his extended contract,’ he added.