Although the window hasn’t officially closed for a Cody Bellinger return to the Dodgers, it’s looking more likely each day that Bellinger will find a new home in 2023. The struggles mounted all season long finally got to a tipping point for the Dodger who are no longer to be patient with the struggling hitter, but 11 other teams are ready to take the chance on the former MVP.
Bellinger’s plays in the outfield at 26 years old are more than enough to consider him among lineups. If Bellinger can get his swing right, any team that pays cheap can get a huge payout as he looks to regain his hitting stride and confidence.
Bellinger will have plenty of options to choose from as he looks for a short deal to bet on himself once more (via Jon Heyman, New York Post).
“Cody Bellinger has interest from 11 teams following the Dodgers’ decision to nontender him (he was expected to get $19 million in arbitration). The Astros, Cubs and Giants are among the teams in play. Bellinger will seek a one-year deal to reset his value”
Cody Bellinger 2017-2019 (450 Games):
Cody Bellinger 2020-2022 (295 Games):
The rise and fall of Cody Bellinger with the Dodgers is just sad. pic.twitter.com/AnSnxEZF1v
— Doug McKain (@DMAC_LA) November 25, 2022
As Bellinger looks to earn his money once more, the risk teams take on is postseason success. While Bellinger was known for his high level of play come October, it seems those days are long gone.
A short term contract is the best route for Bellinger as he gives himself a one year deal to prove his worth and get back into the market. It’s a huge bet to take, but once Bellinger should have no issue taking.
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