We’re about one month into free agency, and some significant moves have been made; however, none have been made by the Dodgers.
Going into the offseason for the Dodgers, many questions were about Cody Bellinger and whether he will remain in L.A. The Dodgers ended up non-tendering him, and earlier this week, he signed with the Chicago Cubs.
The deal was worth one-year $17.5 million. Belli’s agent, Scott Boras, was adamant about getting a one-year prove-it deal for the two-time All-Star, and that’s exactly what he got from the Cubbies.
The media met with Dodger manager Dave Roberts during the MLB Winter Meetings and expressed his thoughts about Bellinger leaving L.A. for Chicago.
“We’re going to adjust. I just learned of this Cody situation. And I’m excited for Cody. He was very good for me. He was a very good Dodger. He grew a lot.
And I wish him well. And I’m very grateful to be able to manage him for six years.”
Cody’s time in Los Angeles has been a roller coaster, and that is due to his last three seasons. His first three seasons were as good as it gets; he won N.L. Rookie of the Year, became a two-time All-Star, and won NL MVP in his third year.
The Cody we first met seems long gone, although we have seen flashes of it in the 2022 season.
The media asked Roberts if Cody could return to his all-star ways, and he’s confident he can.
“Very confident. I don’t think the skill set’s changed. Certainly he’s motivated. Maybe a change of scenery will be beneficial. I know David Ross. I know Jedd. So the environment’s going to be good for him. And again, I wish nothing but the best for Cody.”
And if Cody wants to find a permanent home by the 2024 season, he must return to some form of his old self.
Cody is 27 years old and still has a high ceiling. The Cubs are in a low-risk, high-reward situation with Cody, and he will try to redeem himself in 2023.
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