SAN FRANCISCO — Brandon Belt had his own room at a Giants media session Friday, one emblazoned with Wells Fargo logos. Though certainly unintentional, the spot turned out to be the perfect one for Belt.
One way or another, the first baseman is going to be a much richer man in the coming weeks.
Coming off the best season of his career, Belt is the only Giant still dealing with the arbitration process. He filed at $3.6 million while the Giants countered at $2.05 million. An arbitrator will choose one of the figures if the two sides can't come to an agreement, but both sides indicated Friday that something could get done soon.
"We're always talking," Belt said. "It's something that's going to get done eventually. I don't think they think that little of me."
General manager Brian Sabean echoed that statement, saying a midpoint would likely be found on a one-year deal. It's possible that the sides would then open negotiations on a multi-year pact.
The Giants have not gone to an arbitration hearing since 2004, when they squared off with A.J. Pierzynski. The arbitration process can sometimes be an ugly one, with the club trying to prove the player is worth less than he's asking for, but the carefree Belt said he wouldn't be worried if he ends up in a hearing.
"I know what I wasn't good at," he said, laughing. "If I have to go in there, it's not going to hurt my feelings any."
Belt has had his ups and downs, but he certainly would be able to present a good case in a hearing. He came on strong after making swing changes last August and finished first on the team in OPS (.841), second in on-base percentage (.360) and second in homers (17). After August 1, Belt was third in the National League with a .346 average.