1B,CF - Chicago Cubs
Cody Bellinger and the Chicago Cubs are in agreement on a three-year, $80 million contract.
Bellinger will receive opt-outs after each of the first two years of the deal. There had been rumors of him being in contact with the Cubs, and now a deal is official. Bellinger is coming off being named Comeback Player of the Year in the National League last season with the Cubs, slashing .307/.356/.525 with 26 home runs. He bet on himself on a one-year deal, and it paid off with the contract he has now secured.
Cubs owner Tom Ricketts said the team has had discussions with Cody Bellinger.
“There’s been some discussions but it hasn’t become a negotiation yet," Ricketts said. Bellinger should sign with a team soon with Spring Training games starting next week.
Free-agent outfielder/first baseman Cody Bellinger returning to the Chicago Cubs is reportedly the most likely scenario.
Bellinger has also been linked to the Blue Jays and Giants this offseason but a return to Chicago seems as the most likely of scenarios. The 28-year-old enjoyed a bounce-back season with the Cubs in 2023 following back-to-back down seasons with the Dodgers as he hit .307 with 26 home runs, 20 stolen bases, and 97 RBI across 556 trips to the plate in 2023. No deal with the Cubs appears imminent at this time.
The Cubs and Blue Jays are reportedly seen as the frontrunners to sign Cody Bellinger.
Toronto is looking to Bellinger after missing out on Shohei Ohtani. He has had a plethora of teams linked to him early this offseason and should have no problem finding a deal. Bellinger is likely looking for a long-term deal after his bounce back season.
The Mariners are reportedly considering Cody Bellinger among their free-agent options.
Bellinger is expected to draw a long-term deal in free agency, something the Mariners don't seem likely to do. They do have a number of holes in their lineup after losing a number of starters already this offseason including Jarred Kelenic most recently. The Mariners remain a team to monitor around Bellinger.