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The Toronto Blue Jays have added one other left-handed bat as they work to steadiness their righty heavy lineup. Toronto has a one-year contract in place with longtime San Francisco Giants first baseman Brandon Belt, studies the San Francisco Chronicle. The Athletic says the deal is value $9.3 million. The Blue Jays are anticipated to announce the signing Tuesday.

Belt, 35 in April, has already handed his bodily, which is notable as a result of he had season-ending surgical procedure on his proper knee in September. It’s the third surgical procedure Belt has had on the knee since 2018.

Final season was the worst of Belt’s 12-year profession. He slashed .213/.326/.350 with eight dwelling runs in 78 video games, together with solely .223/.319/.383 in opposition to righties. That mentioned, Belt hit a sturdy .274/.378/.597 with 29 homers in solely 97 video games in 2021. Varied accidents have restricted Belt to solely 598 of 870 attainable common season video games since 2017, a not good 69 %.

Belt didn’t rank amongst our prime 50 free brokers. Here is what our R.J. Anderson wrote about him in November:

Belt, who didn’t play after Aug. 20 due to knee woes, has conceded he could retire this winter if his ailment does not enhance. (Rely Giants broadcaster Duane Kuiper amongst those that consider he is completed.) Even when Belt returns, it is unclear how a lot he has left to supply. He had the worst season of his profession by OPS+, and he is an entire nonfactor in opposition to velocity. Certainly, Belt ranked within the second percentile in exit velocity in opposition to pitches 95 mph or better, placing him in firm with the likes of light-hitting (to be sort) infielders Nick Allen and Vidal Bruján. If that is the tip — and it could be, a method or one other — Belt deserves his flowers for a superb profession.  

Given the knee bother and the presence of Vladimir Guerrero Jr. at first base, Belt figures to step in as Toronto’s DH in opposition to righties. The Blue Jays have added Daulton Varsho, Kevin Kiermaier, and now Belt — all left-handed hitters — to a lineup that just about totally right-handed at instances final season. They badly wanted lineup steadiness this offseason and have created it.

The Blue Jays went 92-70 final season and had been swept within the best-of-three Wild Card Sequence by the Seattle Mariners.

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