The Top 25 free agents! Where will they land!? (Feat. Shohei Ohtani, Cody Bellinger, and MORE!)
Where do you think the best free agents in the game will land this offseason?
Chicago Cubs slugger Cody Bellinger declined his end of a $25 million mutual option for 2024 on Friday and will test the free agent market coming off a bounce-back season.
The 2019 NL MVP, Bellinger is in line for a huge payday after hitting .307 with 26 homers and 97 RBIs. It was quite a turnaround for a player cut by the Los Angeles Dodgers in November after being limited by injuries and experiencing a drastic decline on offense.
The Cubs signed Bellinger to a $17.5 million, one-year contract, and he helped them stay in playoff contention until late in the year. Chicago finished second in the NL Central at 83-79 after consecutive losing seasons.
Bellinger had a $12.5 million salary this year and gets a $5 million buyout.
The Cubs declined their end of a $5 million mutual option on veteran right-hander Brad Boxberger. He receives an $800,000 buyout.
MLB free agency is underway, and while no signings have happened yet, the rumors are hot and heavy. The Los Angeles Dodgers are primed to have a big offseason, whether that’s trading for a superstar or signing one (cough, cough, Shohei Ohtani).
There are ample options available on the free agent and trade markets who could help LA in a big way. One being old friend and MVP outfielder Cody Bellinger.
Bellinger is a free agent after spending one season with the Chicago Cubs, where after a fully healthy season, he revitalized his game and reinvigorated his market a year after being non-tendered.
Belli is set to sign a massive contract with a club, and MLB insider Bob Nightengale is saying that deal will come from a bitter NL rival that has been itching to spend money.
The New York Yankees, San Francisco Giants and Chicago Cubs are the favorites for free agent center fielder Cody Bellinger.
(Per Bob Nightengale via USA Today)
According to Sportsline.com, The Yankees, Cubs, and Giants are the top three favorites to sign the gold glove defender
Yankees are at the top, with +200 odds, then the Cubs at +250, and finally the hated ones at +400.
Cody is free to go wherever he wants, but potentially seeing him in the hideous orange and black is something I cannot prepare myself for. I'm sure Giants president of baseball operations, Farhan Zaidi, would love to reunite with Belli, as he was the Dodgers general manager from 2014-2018.
We wouldn't be fans of it, but regardless, I know Dodger fans would love to see Belli continue to thrive, just not with the hated ones from the Bay Area.
The 28-year-old will have a lot to think about, and we'll keep a close eye on where the two-time All-Star eventually lands.