Sources: Giants, first baseman Belt reach long-term deal


Sources: Giants, first baseman Belt reach long-term deal

SAN FRANCISCO — The Giants have locked up another key homegrown player.

First baseman Brandon Belt agreed to terms on a five-year extension Friday, per multiple sources. Financial details were not immediately available, but per sources, Belt’s deal is similar to Brandon Crawford's six-year, $75 million deal, but expected to be slightly bigger.

As talks approached the finish line, the two sides were said to be discussing an average annual value of about $16 million per year from 2017 on, with an expected tweak to his current one-year deal for 2016.

The Giants declined comment Friday, as did Belt's representative. Belt was not made available to the media after a 3-2 walk-off win over the Dodgers, and several teammates -- speaking on the condition of anonymity -- said they honestly did not know a deal had been reached. The plan is for an official announcement from the team to come Saturday.

This deal continues a trend for the Giants, and comes just five months after Crawford signed a long-term deal. Belt, who avoided arbitration in February by agreeing to a $6.2 million salary for this year, would have been a free agent following the 2017 season.

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The 27-year-old batted .280 last season with a .356 on-base percentage and .478 slugging percentage. A fan favorite known as the “Baby Giraffe," Belt hit a career-high 18 homers and was nominated for a Gold Glove for the first time. His 2015 season was shortened by a concussion, his second in two years and third going back to his college career. The injury history is an odd one, which the Giants hoped might help encourage Belt to make a deal that might eliminate some future risk. On the flip side, Belt has always — correctly — argued that his injuries have been fluky. The concussions came from a wayward throw by former teammate Marco Scutaro and a knee to the head when Belt was sliding back into second base. He also lost 50 games in 2014 when a Paul Maholm pitch broke his thumb.

The Giants and Belt ultimately found middle ground on a deal that satisfies one of Belt’s main requirements entering negotiations: He wanted to be guaranteed of staying around as long as the rest of the team’s homegrown core.

Crawford signed a deal that should keep him a Giant through 2021. Buster Posey’s blockbuster deal could extend through 2022, and the Giants hold club options that should keep Madison Bumgarner around until at least 2019. Bumgarner is now represented by the same agency — Excel — that represents Belt, and at some point will get a new deal. Joe Panik and Matt Duffy, the other members of the best young infield in baseball, have not yet reached arbitration. 

The Giants believe all of their infielders can be All-Stars, and one by one, they’re making sure they’re around for years to come. 

Giants vs. D-backs lineups: Logan Webb set to make big league debut


Giants vs. D-backs lineups: Logan Webb set to make big league debut

Saturday will be a big day for Logan Webb.

The young right-hander will make his big league debut for the Giants in Arizona as Bruce Bochy's club looks to continue their winning ways in the desert. 

After Dereck Rodriguez twirled a gem in the opener on Thursday, the Giants crushed six home runs in an extra-inning win Friday, and now have their eyes on a series win against their NL West rival.

Here are the full lineups for Saturday's game. You can follow the action on NBC Sports Bay Area or by downloading and streaming on the MyTeams app

San Francisco Giants (62-61)
Mike Yastrzemski, RF
Stephen Vogt, C
Evan Longoria, 3B
Alex Dickerson, LF
Scooter Gennett, 2B
Kevin Pillar, CF
Brandon Belt, 1B
Brandon Crawford, SS
Logan Webb, RHP (major league debut)

Arizona Diamondbacks (61-62)
Jarrod Dyson, CF
Wilmer Flores, 2B
Eduardo Escobar, 3B
David Peralta, LF
Adam Jones, RF
Jake Lamb, 1B
Nick Ahmed, SS
Alex Avila, C
Taylor Clarke, RHP (4-3, 5.46 ERA)

Logan Webb to become youngest Giants starter since Madison Bumgarner


Logan Webb to become youngest Giants starter since Madison Bumgarner

PHOENIX -- The Giants have gone with youth in their rotation, but even by that new standard, Logan Webb's debut will be noteworthy. 

Webb will be 272 days past his 22nd birthday when he throws his first pitch Saturday night, making him the youngest Giant to start a game since Madison Bumgarner. He'll be the fourth-youngest Giants starter since 2000, trailing just Bumgarner (20 years, 38 days in 2009), Matt Cain (20 years, 332 days in 2005) and Jerome Williams (21 years, 143 days in 2003), according to Stats LLC.

It's been no secret that the Giants have leaned heavily on veteran starters over the past decade, with guys like Ryan Vogelsong, Tim Hudson and Jake Peavy filling in during the championship years and Jeff Samardzija and Johnny Cueto joining the top of the rotation in recent years. 

But as the game has gotten younger, the Giants truly have fallen behind. It's not just that the Giants haven't had a 22-year-old starter since Bumgarner's debut. They haven't even had a 23-year-old. Bumgarner made 105 starts before turning 24. The next youngest Giants starter during that time was Erik Surkamp, who was 24 years and 52 days old when he made his debut in 2011. 

This year the Giants have used 24-year-olds Shaun Anderson and Conner Menez, and they always thought Webb could be an option in the second half. Manager Bruce Bochy admitted the thinking changed a bit when Webb was suspended for 80 games, but back in spring training, Webb opened eyes. 

"He threw the ball well," Bochy said. "The thing you like about him is he throws strikes, and he's got good stuff. I thought he was very confident this spring in his outings and with how he handled himself. This spring he really impressed. I'm not surprised to see him."

Webb said that he thought about his future during the spring, and he was ready to take on any role to get a shot at the big leagues. He said his hopes about a timetable changed a bit after the suspension, but after just three starts back in Double-A and one in Triple-A, the Giants will use him to fill a hole. 

With an off-day Monday, Dereck Rodriguez back in the rotation, and Anderson just about 100 percent, it seems likely this will be a cameo appearance for Webb. But no matter how it goes, he'll get his name in the books as one of the youngest Giants starters of the past two decades.

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Webb gave a reminder of just how young he was while chatting with reporters Friday. Asked about his Niners fandom, he said he doesn't remember certain players familiar to reporters. 

"I was born in 1996," he pointed out.