San Francisco Giants Reach Deals With 3; Brandon Belt, Joaquin Arias Still Unsigned

Sep 26, 2013; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants center fielder Gregor Blanco (7) slides into home against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the fifth inning at AT

The San Francisco Giants agreed to one-year deals with outfielder Gregor Blanco, pitcher Yusmeiro Petit and infielder Tony Abreu on Friday, avoiding arbitration, but first baseman Brandon Belt and infielder Joaquin Arias will be swapping salary proposals with the team after not getting deals done by Friday’s deadline.

MLB.com reported that Petit agreed to $845,000 for 2014, while Blanco may top the $2 million mark and Abreu likely will top the $498,000 he made in 2013.

Belt and Arias can still negotiate until their arbitration hearings, which will be scheduled for next month.

Blanco hit .265/.341/.350 in 511 plate appearances, with 17 doubles, six triples and three homers, scoring 50 runs and driving in 41. He stole 14 bases in 23 attempts and struck out 95 times.

Petit was 4-1 with a 3.56 ERA and 1.188 WHIP in eight appearances, seven of them starts, covering 48 innings. He struck out 47 and authored one of the gems of the season on Sept. 6 when he shut out the Arizona Diamondbacks on one hit, losing a bid for a perfect game with two outs in the ninth inning on a pinch-hit single by Eric Chavez.

Abreu hit .268/.301/.442 in 53 games and 147 plate appearances in his first year with the Giants after he was claimed off waivers from Kansas City last February. Abreu made 22 starts at second base, two at shortstop and one at third base last season and had 12 doubles, three triples and two home runs, scoring 21 runs and driving in 14 with 33 strikeouts.

Belt was ninth in the National League in OPS-plus last season after hitting .289/.360/.481 in 571 plate appearances. Belt had 39 doubles, four triples, 17 homers and 67 RBI, scoring 76 runs and striking out 125 times.

Arias played in 102 games and had 236 plate appearances in 2013, hitting .271/.284/.342 with nine doubles, two triples and a homer, scoring 17 runs and driving in 19 with 33 strikeouts. The versatile Arias started at least four games at all four infield spots, including 18 starts at third base and 17 at shortstop.

Topics: Brandon Belt, Gregor Blanco, Joaquin Arias, San Francisco Giants, Tony Abreu, Yusmeiro Petit

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