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Dodgers Rumors: Insider Does Not See Reunion with Cody Bellinger Coming Together

As you’ve seen by now, Cody Bellinger is no longer on the roster for the Los Angeles Dodgers. The former NL Rookie of the Year and MVP and two-time All-Star was non-tendered by the club on Friday following a third straight season of struggles at the plate.

The move, while shocking, was not quite surprising. President of baseball operations, Andrew Friedman, has been honest with media and fans that the team could face some big changes this offseason personnel wise. Additionally, there is a soft mandate for the team to try and avoid surpassing the competitive balance tax threshold next year (set at $233 million for 2023) for what would be the third straight season.

Cutting Bellinger saves the Dodgers a projected $18 million in salary for next season and opens up an opportunity for some of the younger talent down on the farm. However, cutting Cody wasn’t Friedman’s first choice.

As we know, the team explored different contract avenues with Bellinger and his agent over the last few days and weeks in the hopes of retaining the outfielder on a cheaper contract. But, the two sides couldn’t find a solid middle ground.

In the aftermath of the non-tender, Friedman left the door open on a return for Cody, but in the eyes of one reporter, the chances of that happening are slim to none.

“The tweets that you’re seeing out there,” the reporter said on local AM radio, “saying that he possibly could return to the Dodgers for a cheaper price, if that was going to happen, it would have happened before 5 o’clock pacific time [on Friday]. That is very unlikely now, especially with the demand for Cody Bellinger’s services. I already know of 6 teams that are very interested in signing Cody Bellinger. So, he is going to get his money, it’s just not going to be from the Dodgers.”

MLB insiders had already linked Bellinger to the Cubs and Blue Jays, among other teams leading up to the non-tender deadline on Friday. Now with the 27-year-old a free agent, more clubs are certainly going to come out of the woodwork.

Superagent Scott Boras will have his client’s best interest in mind while trying to find the perfect situation for him to shine at a hitter-friendly ballpark. Something Dodger Stadium is not.

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  1. He was never going to sign when he hit free agency and, sadly, neither will Urias. Boras represents both; Friedman doesn’t pay the ransom from Boras.

  2. With no shift, the window blowing out toward the lake in right during many, many day games— look out Charlie if the Cubs sign him. Attended many games there back in the day.

  3. Even his agent Boras can’t believe Bellinger is worth $18+million after the last few seasons of offensive mediocrity

  4. I was always behind Cody 100%. A shame he never got back on track. I would jump on him if I were then Cubs. The wind almost always blows out to right because of Lake Michigan. And the shift will be no more. You add in Cody’s defense in the “Friendly Confines” and it could turn into a dream come true for both Cody and the Cubs. Went to many, many games at Wrigley years ago. Lefty pull hitters do well there.

  5. Lots of teams are interested in Cody. If he had a guaranteed salary of just $1 million all 30 teams would want him. But no team is going to offer $18 million guaranteed for 2023 and that’s why the Dodgers non-tendered him.

  6. He has to hit the ball to be effective. His power is Left Center to Right Center when he was hitting right. Wrigley would provide a very negligible increase if he can get his swing straightened out. Remember he hit 47 at Dodger Stadium not in Denver or Cincinnati or NYY.

  7. MLB does not allow performance based incentives. For example, incentives based on hits, average, OBP, or HR’s, etc., are not allowed. But I see him getting a contract with incentives based on games played. If he continues to hit poorly he won’t get in that many games. But if he’s hitting well he will play in 150+ games.

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