The San Francisco Giants are going through some tough times right now, and Brandon Belt has taken a colossal amount of criticism for the past couple weeks.
Not only does have just one hit in his last 19 at-bats, but he also committed a blunder for the ages on Friday night when he let a ground ball go right between his legs and into the outfield that allowed the game-winning run to score.
The Giants may be fed up with him. According to Tim Montemayor of KGO and KNBR, the team have trade offers for Belt and “frustration with him is building in the organization.”
And they have every right to be frustrated. Once a highly-touted prospect as the first baseman of the future for the Giants, Belt is hitting just .255 this season with an OBP of .331. He does have a career-high 10 home runs, but you expect bigger power numbers out of your everyday first baseman.
Montemayor reports that the Giants value young pitching arms and they believe trading Belt or Hunter Pence will bring back from good prospects.
Coincidentally, the Giants called up first baseman Brett Pill from the minor leagues earlier today, along with outfielder Roger Kieschnick.
Speaking of Pence, the Giants are continuing to listen to offers for their right fielder along with starting pitcher Tim Lincecum. Jon Heyman of CBSSports, however, says the asking price is very high for both of them.
Relief pitcher Javier Lopez is also said to be on the trade block.