Chicago Cubs and jardinero/primera base Cody Bellinger won a $17.5 million contract
Chicago Cubs and jardinero/primera base Cody Bellinger won a $17.5 million contract.
Outfielder Cody Bellinger and the Chicago Cubs have agreed on a one-year, $17.5 million contract, sources close to the deal told ESPN’s Jeff Passan on Tuesday.
Bellinger, 27, continued to provide Golden Glove caliber defense in midfield and increased pace at bases for the Los Angeles Dodgers last season, but continued to struggle offensively.
Bellinger entered the free agency market a year ago after the Dodgers failed to offer him a bid after the 2022 season, and would have made approximately $18 million in 2023.
He was named the National League MVP after the 2019 season where he reached .305/.406/.629 with 47 home runs, 115 RBIs and 15 stolen bases, worth 7.7 wins.
But since then, Bellinger has only reached .203/272/.376 in the regular season of 295 games. His .648 OPS from 2020 to 2022 ranked him 299th out of 338 qualified hitters at that time.
Bellinger’s batting average dropped to 0.165 in 2021 and continued until he reached 0.210 with 19 home runs in 144 games in a Dodgers team that set a franchise record with 111 wins last season.
Throughout his six MLB seasons, all based in Los Angeles, Bellinger has a career batting average of 0.248 with 152 home runs, 422 RBIs and 62 stolen bases.
Two-time All-Star selection, National League Rookie of the Year in 2017, National League Most Valuable Player in 2018, and won the World Series ring in 2020.