Add Brandon Belt to the list of potential lefty bat and first base options linked to the New York Yankees. According to various reports in the New York Post and NJ.com, the Yankees are being linked to the San Francisco Giants veteran, who also has experience playing the outfield.
Last season Belt posted a slash line of .234/.339/.403, with an OPS of .742. Belt also belted (pun very much intended) 17 home runs last season.
The 2016 All-Star is also a solid defender, ranking first in total zone runs and fifth in range factor at first base in 2018 and fourth in fielding percentage in 2019.
Belt, 31, is also a two-time World Series champion.
Yet, in 2019, Belt registered a 0.6 WAR, raking lower than Mike Ford’s 0.9 and Luke Voit’s 1.9.
So the question begs, would the Bronx Bombers be adding a veteran name and his $34.4 million due across the next two seasons in the hopes that the short porch would play much better to his swing than splashing one into McCovey cove?