Cody Bellinger Reportedly Seeking $200MM Or More In Free Agency
Cody Bellinger and his agent are reportedly seeking a contract worth $200 million or more in the upcoming free agency market.
Bellinger's Challenging Journey
Despite a difficult 2021 season plagued with injuries and poor performance, Cody Bellinger finds himself in a remarkable position as he enters free agency.
Last season, Bellinger dealt with shoulder, rib, and leg injuries and struggled heavily when he played, recording a terrible .165/.240/.302 batting line in 350 plate appearances.
However, Bellinger rebounded in the 2023 season with the Cubs, posting a strong .307/.356/.525 slash line, earning a top-ten finish in NL MVP voting and his second Silver Slugger award.
Limited Suitors for Bellinger
Many teams that were potential suitors for Bellinger have already made other moves, leaving limited options for the center fielder.
The Yankees acquired Juan Soto, Trent Grisham, and Alex Verdugo, making it unlikely for Bellinger to fit in their outfield.
The Giants also recently signed outfielder Jung Hoo Lee to a six-year, $113 million contract, further complicating the possibility of Bellinger joining their roster.
Potential Landing Spots
The Toronto Blue Jays, who have been actively pursuing a top left-handed slugger, are expected to be strong contenders for Bellinger.
Reports suggest that the Cubs, Bellinger's former team, and the San Diego Padres could also be interested, although financial constraints may limit their ability to sign him.
Other teams, such as the Seattle Mariners, could potentially enter the bidding for Bellinger as the offseason progresses.