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Young slugging prospect Brandon Belt’s name may be whispered in trade rumors over the next few weeks.
Belt cracked the Giants roster out of spring training, but couldn’t handle Major League pitching early on. The Giants sent him back to the minors, where he’s hit at a .336 clip in 39 games.
Though the team seems to have a surplus of outfielders, the defending World Series champs appear to be in the market for a left fielder.
Carlos Beltran of the New York Mets is likely the best available outfielder on the current market. Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said the team would hold out for the best possible deal for Beltran and may even keep the switch-hitting All-Star if the team is competing.
However, if the Giants dangle Belt in the Mets faces, what would the Mets do?
Current Mets first baseman Ike Davis will likely undergo season ending surgery in a few weeks, so the Mets may want to think long-term as first base. Belt can also play some outfield too, which would be a factor in a deal for Beltran.
In all likelihood, the Giants will be patient in Belt’s development and hang onto him, at least for now.