Belt reaches $3.6M, deal with Giants, avoiding arbitration

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Giants first baseman Brandon Belt has agreed to a $3.6 million, one-year contract that avoided salary arbitration.

Belt hit .308 with two RBIs in the World Series after missing time over the final 2 1/2 months with a concussion.

He played in only 61 regular-season games, batting .243 with 12 homers and 27 RBIs. During batting practice in July before a game at Miami, two Giants accidentally threw balls to Belt at the same time. One of the throws hit him in the face.

Belt experienced nausea, headaches and dizziness in the aftermath, and feared his season might be done. San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy had his doubts, too, especially when Belt's symptoms returned for a second time.

Belt played five games in August after coming back, then missed six more weeks when the symptoms recurred.

Following Belt's agreement Monday, new third baseman Casey McGehee is the Giants' player left in arbitration.

San Francisco also agreed to minor league contracts with right-handers Cory Gearrin and Curtis Partch, left-handers Braulio Lara and Nikolas Turley, infielder Carlos Triunfel and outfielder Justin Maxwell. They will report to big league spring training.

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