Cody Bellinger Free Agency Detination Top 5 landing pot for former MVP

Cody Bellinger found his groove in 2023 after bidding farewell to Los Angeles, posting a stellar season with the Chicago team.

The former Rookie of the Year and MVP is now officially a free agent after declining the mutual option with the Chicago Cubs for the 2024 season, as reported by Meghan Montemurro from the Chicago Tribune.

Bellinger’s decision wasn’t a surprise, given his exceptional performance in the 2023 season. He boasted a slash line of .307/.356/.525 with 26 home runs. With this stellar performance, he’s now leading the pack of free-agent hitters and is the most sought-after slugger in the market.

Bellinger had experienced a slump in the years leading up to 2023, primarily due to a shoulder injury. The Chicago Cubs took a chance on him, and it paid off in a big way as he earned the 2023 Comeback Player of the Year award.

Cody Bellinger declined his mutual option with the Cubs and will become a free agent, per JesseRogersESPN pic./ccRUJMO5fO

— Talkin’ Baseball (TalkinBaseball_) November 3, 2023

It was evident that Bellinger needed a change of scenery to reignite his career, and his gamble on a one-year deal last offseason paid off handsomely. Now, he’s primed to enter the offseason as one of the most coveted free agents in the market, poised for a lucrative deal in free agency.

Let’s examine the top five potential destinations for Bellinger:

5. Boston Red SoxThe Red Sox already have a trio of left-handed-hitting outfielders in Masataka Yoshida, Jarren Duran, and Alex Verdugo. However, the possibility of an opening could arise via a trade involving Verdugo, who was on the trade block ahead of the recent summer deadline. Bellinger’s arrival could infuse much-needed defensive prowess, as the Red Sox’s Out Above Average was a dismal -51 in 2023. Yet, Fenway Park’s favoritism toward lefty hitters with opposite-field power might not align with Bellinger’s hitting style. Besides, the Red Sox’s greater need lies in bolstering their pitching staff.

Belli bounce-back season: complete ☑️

Congratulations to Cody_Bellinger on being named the NL Comeback Player of the Year! #PlayersChoiceAwards pic./hj0BHm8Xk3

— Chicago Cubs (Cubs) November 3, 2023

4. Toronto Blue JaysThe Blue Jays didn’t struggle in center field, largely thanks to Kevin Kiermaier, who’s also hitting the free-agent market. While Bellinger may not match Kiermaier’s defensive skills, his offensive output would be an upgrade, addressing the team’s left-handed hitting deficiencies. Nevertheless, the question arises whether allocating their resources elsewhere might be wiser. Daulton Varsho is a lefty-hitting center fielder within the organization, and the Jays require a solution at third base.

3. New York YankeesThe Yankees may not be at the top of their division but adding a hitter of Bellinger’s caliber could inject much-needed firepower. Bellinger, a two-time All-Star, would complement the talents of Aaron Judge and Anthony Rizzo, potentially revitalizing the Bronx Bombers’ season.

Cody Bellinger on his comeback year 💯 pic./vT2UWL9XLf

— Marquee Sports Network (WatchMarquee) November 3, 2023

2. Texas RangersSurprising everyone with their strong performance, the Rangers lead the AL West. Acquiring Bellinger could catapult them into World Series contention. The 28-year-old already boasts one championship with the Dodgers and is hungry for more.

1. Los Angeles DodgersReturning to where it all began might be the perfect scenario for Bellinger. The Dodgers, currently leading the NL West, have aspirations of winning the World Series. Reuniting with the team he played for six seasons could provide a fitting stage for Bellinger’s penchant for clutch performances.