The San Francisco Giants missed out on two of the top free agents on the market and also lost Carlos Rodon to the New York Yankees.
Needless to say, it’s been a bit of a frustrating offseason by the Bay.
Things got even worse late on Monday when longtime Giant Brandon Belt signed a one-year, $9.3 million contract with the Toronto Blue Jays, ending an era in San Francisco.
The first baseman broke into the big leagues with the team in 2011 and was with them for their World Series title runs in 2012 and 2014.
On Twitter, a Giants fan posted a fond farewell to the slugger, thanking him for his many years in Giants orange and black.
Regardless of how you feel about Brandon Belt.. he’s a 2x WS Champ and has been a staple for the city by the Bay for the last decade.
— Ryan Mobley (@MobleyRyan) January 10, 2023
Belt has been a staple of the Giants organization and the City of San Francisco since he arrived in the big leagues back in 2011.
He seemed to rejuvenate his career with successful seasons in 2020 and 2021, years in which he hit .309 and .274, respectfully, with 29 home runs in ’21.
The 2022 season was a struggle for the veteran first baseman, as he hit just .213 with eight homers and 23 RBI.
Still, the 34-year-old was a fan favorite in San Francisco and will certainly be missed.
Brandon Crawford is now the last holdover from each of the Giants three World Series teams from the 2010s, with stars such as Madison Bumgarner and Buster Posey having either retired or signed elsewhere.
Now, Belt will begin a new chapter in Toronto, where he’ll bring some power from the left side of the plate as the Blue Jays look to build off of their impressive 2022 season.