Update: The deal is official and John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle says the deal is worth $79 million.
Giants just made the Belt deal official. Goes through 2021.
— Alex Pavlovic (@AlexPavlovic) April 9, 2016
I hear total is $79M on Belt.
— John Shea (@JohnSheaHey) April 9, 2016
According to Alex Pavlovic of CSN Bay Area, the San Francisco Giants and Brandon Belt have agreed to a six-year deal to stay in the bay. The contract includes his 2016 salary being restructured, in which he was set to make $6.2 million, and will be larger than Brandon Crawford‘s $75 million extension. Belt was due to be a free agent after the 2017 season.
Pavlovic said one of Belt’s priorities was to stay as long as the other homegrown infielders and the two sides eventually found a middle ground.
Belt, 27, has a career slash line of .272/.349/.456 with a 128 wRC+ and 12 fWAR. He has posted two four-win seasons in just two full seasons. He has been plagued with concussion problems and broken bones throughout his career making it difficult for him to get in a rhythm. Aside from uncontrollable injuries, the big question mark with Belt is whether or not his concussion effects return.
In five games so far this season, Belt is batting .278/.409/.444 for the 4-1 Giants. San Francisco has made it a priority to lock up their star infielders, and reaching an agreement with Belt ensures that the team’s core will stay together through their prime years.