SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants agreed to terms with three of their five arbitration-eligible players on Friday, but have yet to come to an agreement with the biggest name on the list.
First baseman Brandon Belt, in his first year of eligibility, remains in the arbitration process, assistant general manager Bobby Evans said. Joaquin Arias is in the same boat, but the Giants agreed to one-year deals with Gregor Blanco, Tony Abreu and Yusmeiro Petit.
Both Belt and Arias are under club control and the Giants have traditionally avoided arbitration hearings, which can be messy. MLBTradeRumors.com predicts that Belt will get a significant raise to about $2.4 million in his first go-around with the arbitration process. The 25-year-old had a .841 OPS last season and hit a career-high 17 homers. Arias, a reserve infielder, is projected to receive about $1.2 million.
According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, Blanco will receive $2.525 million and Abreu will get $745,000. Petit, likely the long reliever in the bullpen, will get $845,000, according to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com.
On Twitter, Blanco said he was thankful that the Giants kept him around for another year and wrote "hope (it is) not the last."