Cody Bellinger’s Intriguing Free Agency: A Road to Redemption With $300 Million at Stake

Published 12/31/2023, 12:30 PM EST

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Cody Bellinger is an All-Star level talent. During the 2023 season, he proved it with great numbers, even picking up the second Silver Slugger of his MLB career. But despite this, there is a risk associated with Bellinger as a free agent. This is a result of the distinctive twists and turns his career has encountered until now.

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Few can say that Bellinger has had it easy. In fact, the former Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago Cubs star has experienced immense success, but also difficult periods. This is what makes his free agency case so intriguing as teams try to gauge Bellinger’s value. 

Cody Bellinger has had a unique career path so far!

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Cody Bellinger was one of MLB’s top stars in between 2017-2019. He earned two All-Star nods, a Silver Slugger, 1 Gold Glove and the NL MVP in 2019. But the 3 years following that were filled with struggle and it seemed like Bellinger was on his way out of the League. But a ‘prove it’ deal this past season with the Chicago Cubs revived his career completely. Just in time for his next free agency. 

Now that the 2019 MVP has found his form once again, the 2023 free agency is a crucial and intriguing juncture. Bellinger has also provided teams with lots to think about as they decide whether to give him a massive long-term deal that could go up to $300 million. With Scott Boras by his side, the price tag will not be cheap.

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Another interesting factor in this free agency with Bellinger is his age. The former MVP is only 28 years old and has at least 5-7 years at the top of his powers, if not more. But teams are still hesitating as they decide his value. 

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Teams are still unsure about Bellinger’s value

The Cubs and the Toronto Blue Jays are names that are regularly linked to Cody Bellinger. Although his super agent Scott Boras seemingly prefers the Cubs, no concrete negotiations have emerged yet. Furthermore, the Los Angeles Angels are also a team that has been mentioned in passing with relation to Bellinger. 

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It doesn’t surprise me that the process has taken so long. I believe that the star outfielder should make a return to the Cubs, but only time will unravel this cliffhanger of a free agency. Which team do you think is going to sign Cody Bellinger? 

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Pranay Mukherjee

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Pranay Mukherjee is an MLB writer at EssentiallySports, with a degree in Journalism and Mass Communication. His expertise lies in cheat sheets, post-game analysis, and trade rumors, providing readers with comprehensive coverage of the sport. Pranay is an avid follower of baseball and is a staunch supporter of the Yankees, firmly believing that it is time for the New York team to break their World Series jinx.
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