MLB Free Agent Rumors: Top 3 Fits for Brandon Belt

As the strong side of a platoon, Brandon Belt has made a pretty nice career for himself in the big leagues. Nothing flashy, by any means, but a career OPS+ of 124 can't be sneezed at. And yet, the first baseman/DH still finds himself without a job, three weeks into the 2024 season. 

With a career .844 OPS against right-handed pitching, Belt can likely help out some team somewhere. Last year with the Toronto Blue Jays, he hit 19 homers with 23 doubles and an .858 OPS in just over 400 plate appearances. In 365 plate appearances against right-handers, he had an .890 OPS.

In fact, he's peeved that he hasn't gotten a contract yet. Just before the season, Belt told a Toronto radio station, "It's kind of baffled me a little bit. Honestly haven't had hardly any calls at all that have gone past the point of teams saying, 'Hey, we're interested."

With all that in mind, let's have a look at who should be interested in signing Belt:

Milwaukee Brewers

Brew Crew first basemen are 26th in the majors with a .517 OPS and a .162 batting average with just two home runs. At DH, they've rotated four players through. Belt could be a nice addition. 

Tampa Bay Rays

The Rays have gotten almost no production out of their DH slot, sitting dead last in the majors with a .504 OPS and just one home run. A team that's known for making the most of platoons and situational hitting, Belt could be a natural fit here. 

Minnesota Twins 

The Twins are getting dreadful production out of both spots that Belt plays, with a .535 OPS and one home run out of first base, and a .531 OPS and zero HRs out of DH. Carlos Santana is hitting .135 with a .378 OPS. The Twins fancy themselves as a contender in the AL Central, but they currently sit in fourth place at 6-11, and need a boost. 

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