The Toronto Blue Jays need all the assistance they can get to stay ahead of the pack in the very competitive American League East. Brandon Belt, a first baseman, sounds like a welcome addition to the group.
According to Kaitlyn McGrath of The Athletic, the free agent is reportedly signing a one-year contract to play for the Blue Jays. The stated terms of the contract are $9.3 million for the upcoming season.
Brandon Belt spent his whole 12-year MLB career with the San Francisco Giants before deciding to move up north. He was a member of two World Series champion teams while playing for the Giants, in 2012 and 2014.
The first baseman had a season of injuries in 2022. He was only able to participate in 78 games due to a knee ailment that necessitated surgery, and he only made 97 matches in 2021 due to injuries. He was still able to blast a career-high 29 home runs despite the restrictions.
Before his choice to move to Toronto, Belt, 34, joined a lineup with a lot of pop. The Blue Jays, who are led by Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Bo Bichette, and George Springer, regularly threaten to score ten runs and smash three to four home runs every game. If Belt can stay healthy, adding him will give the team even more bang for their money when it comes to terrorizing opposing pitchers.
Toronto aims to build on a campaign in which they qualified for the postseason as a wild card. They suffered a best-of-three series defeat to the Seattle Mariners in that round, dropping back-to-back games on their home ground. The Blue Jays won 92 games in the regular season, which is one more than they did in 2021.