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Dodgers Rumors: Cody Bellinger’s Strong Season with Cubs Fuels Trade Talk

Cody Bellinger, a familiar face to Dodgers fans, has had an impressive rebound season with the Chicago Cubs. After struggling in his final seasons with the Dodgers, the former MVP has found his groove in Chicago, posting a .298 batting average with 9 home runs, 29 RBI, and an above average .846 OPS in 58 games.

As the trade deadline looms, the Cubs find themselves in a delicate position regarding their playoff hopes. With Bellinger’s standout performance, he has become a hot commodity in trade rumors leading up to August 1st.

When asked about the rumors, Bellinger told ESPN’s Jesse Rogers that he wants to stay in Chicago and contribute to the team for the long run.

However, the Cubs currently sit in third place in the NL Central, 7 games behind the division leader and 6.5 games out of a wild card spot. This puts them at a crossroads, considering whether to keep Bellinger as a cornerstone of their rebuilding efforts or trade him to acquire assets for the future.

While the New York Yankees have frequently been linked to Bellinger in trade talks, some Dodgers fans have expressed their desire to see him return to Los Angeles. However, both parties seem better off leaving that chapter closed. The Dodgers have a new center fielder their molding in James Outman and may actually need more help on the infield dirt over the outfield grass after sending rookie Miguel Vargas to Triple-A.

As the trade deadline approaches, the fate of Cody Bellinger and his potential reunion with the Dodgers remains uncertain. Only time will tell if the Cubs decide to part ways with their resurgent star or if Bellinger’s journey in Chicago continues.

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Clint Pasillas

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  1. The obvious solution is Betts to 2nd, Outman to right. Hopefully, if that happens Chicago’s hitting coach comes along or Belli pays no attn to the Dodger’s HR or SO coaching.

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