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Dodgers Fans Predict Cody Bellinger’s Next Team

On Friday, the Dodgers non-tendered the 2019 National League MVP, Cody Bellinger, which made him a free agent. Cody is a free agent for the first time in his career, and three years ago, you wouldn’t have predicted this.

Now he can either come back to LA or leave after six seasons in southern California. We left it up to Dodgers faithful on Twitter to predict where Cody could land next season; the responses were all over the place.



It’s still in question where Cody will land; however, according to multiple reports, the Chicago Cubs, Toronto Blue Jays, Miami Marlins, Tampa Bay Rays, and more are in on the center fielder.

The 27-year-old is only three years removed from an MVP season and solidified himself as one of the best ball players in the league.

Now, Cody will possibly be looking for a new team in 2023. President of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said that there would like to have Cody back if he is willing to.

Belli remains a Gold Glove-type defender and covers a ton of ground at center.

In 2022, Belli was one of the worst everyday players in the league, slashing only .210/.265/.389 with a .654 OPS and having more strikeouts than hits, 150 strikeouts to 106 hits in 504 at-bats.

Compare that to his MVP season in 2019, as he slashed .305/.406/.639 with a 1.035 OPS, with 47 homers and 115 RBIs.

Cody’s downfall has come as a huge surprise, and it’s been tough to watch him at the plate most times.

If Belli is willing to come back at the right price, I’ll be all for it.

Ricardo Sandoval

I write about sports. Staff writer at Dodgers Nation, LA Sports Report network of sites, and Newsweek. I’m also lifelong Dodgers and Lakers fan.

8 Comments

  1. Why should he take less money to come back? Someone else will pay him a decent amount for a one-year “show me” contract. Anyone with enough self confidence to make the MLB in the first place will take that gamble.

    1. Because it might be more about redeeming himself in Dodger Blue than just money…

  2. Hard to say with the rule changes taking effect (larger bases, pitch clock, no more shifts, 3 pickoff moves or <), etc… Cody does need to make batting adjustments and (maybe correct for the effect of injuries – shoulder, hip, leg…). 2 years at a lower rate, that’s fair.

  3. The Giants make sense. A lefty power hitter in the house that Bonds built. And somehow ex Dodgers seem to have done well in SF, as opposed to the other way around where they just stink the place up, like, say, Brian Wilson. Better BA with the demise of the shift might make him more comfortable overall and translate to more power too because he’s more comfortable.

    I wouldn’t mind him staying a Dodger, but the QO was way over priced for his performance last year. He’s going to want money, as I would hope for if I were in that position, and let the clubs worry about if he’s worth it or not.

  4. Seriously, do we need a daily barrage of Bellinger stories ? He is no longer a Dodger so let the market decide where he will play next. Then report the news to us.

  5. I say bring Belli back, and offer him a 2 year contrack. Sign Trea, make a strong effort for Judge, strengthen the bench with a couple of right hand power hitters. About Verlander, get him for a couple years but don’t throw the check book at him. Most of all please don’t disrespect JT. He’s done an awful lot for LA.

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