San Francisco Giants first baseman Brandon Belt entered the 2016 season with a new one-year, $6.2 million deal he signed in February, per Spotrac. However, Alex Pavlovic of CSN Bay Area reported the Giants and Belt have agreed to a five-year extension Friday that will keep Belt in San Francisco for the next six seasons.
Pavlovic reported exact financial details of the contract are not known at this time, but he wrote it exceeds teammate Brandon Crawford's six-year, $75 million deal.
On March 21, Giants general manager Bobby Evans met with Belt's representatives to continue talking about a contract extension, per Pavlovic. Evans spoke with Pavlovic about negotiations at the time:
We’re exploring options. There’s no pressure — we have him for two more years. There’s no pressure, but if we have the opportunity, it’d be wise to take advantage of it. We’ll see how it plays out.
We have a fan base here that appreciates him and a club he fits well on, and he’s been a big part of our success.
This season is Belt's sixth season in MLB, all with the Giants, as he's been a part of two World Series-winning teams in 2012 and 2014.
He's looking to follow up one of his finest seasons in the league after he hit .280 with a career-high 18 home runs and 68 RBI while being ranked 17th in the league in WAR, per Pavlovic.
The Giants have been a busy team already this offseason, having signed big-name free agents such as pitchers Johnny Cueto and Jeff Samardzija while re-signing Crawford.
Belt has never played in more than 150 games in a season, as he's suffered three concussions and a broken thumb and, most recently, underwent knee surgery during the offseason to repair a torn meniscus.
Still, that kind of track record didn't deter the Giants and Belt from agreeing to a deal.
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