What a day it’s been at the Winter Meetings — and it just got crazier. Former Dodgers OF Cody Bellinger is officially signing with the Chicago Cubs.
Breaking: Bellinger to Cubs
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) December 6, 2022
The deal is for one year, and reported to be for $17.5 million. Bellinger’s agent, Scott Boras, had made it clear that they wanted to take a one-year deal with the hopes of raising his value ahead of next year’s free agency — so that’s exactly what they did.
This officially brings an end to the Cody Bellinger era in Los Angeles. Bellinger was drafted by the Dodgers in the fourth round of the 2013 MLB Draft, and spent all six years of his career in LA. In 2017, he won the Rookie of the Year Award. In 2019, he won the MVP Award. And in 2020, he got a ring, as a key member of the Dodgers’ World Series championship team.
It didn’t make sense for the Dodgers to bring Bellinger back, but he will still be missed. Hopefully for Bellinger, he can regain some of his old form, and get himself a nice payday next offseason.
The Cubs come to Dodger Stadium very early next season, on April 14-16. It’ll be the first time the Dodgers have to face him in a different uniform — and it will be very, very weird.
The Cubs come to Dodger Stadium on April 14-16 to take on the Dodgers.
It'll be a very early reunion for Cody Bellinger and his former team.
I expect a very warm welcome in LA for Bellinger.
— Noah Camras (@noahcamras) December 6, 2022
Congrats to Bellinger on his new contract and team. His time in LA will never be forgotten, as one of the true homegrown stars who helped this team win their first championship in over three decades.
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