I have given indications over the last couple of years that I remain unconvinced that Brandon Belt is a sure-fire, can't-miss, 100% legit future force. Nothing this season has convinced me otherwise. He is a big guy with a big looping swing who can't seem to find a breaking pitch to save his life. Therefore, any lefty who can get ahead of him with whatever pitch finds a way to get him out with changeups, sliders, & curveballs outside of the strike zone. Going down the stretch with Brandon Belt does not seem like a great plan. Huff, of course, isn't the answer, either.
That said, given that the rest of our lineup seems to have settled into some form of quasi-consistent production (we're even getting decent contributions from Theriot & Crawford), 1B is a problem. While I still maintain that our #1 pre-Trade Deadline need is some bullpen help, perhaps we should be in the market for a 1B or even a lead-off type OF (with an OF, we could play Melky some at 1B, plus Posey at times). In the lead-off OF category, Victorino is available, plus Denard Span.
Of course, if Panda is out for an extended period, we've got other problems.
I read that the Giants were interested in Indians' Closer Chris Perez, but then nothing more on that. Anyone heard anything on that topic?