Teams around Major League Baseball have wasted no time making big signings this offseason.
Jacob deGrom left the Mets to join the Texas Rangers. The Mets replaced him with Justin Verlander. The Phillies signed Trea Turner.
There have even been rumors today about an MVP changing teams, but those Judge rumors have yet to amount to anything.
However, it turns out that there is another MVP who is on the move today.
According to MLB insider Jon Heyman, Cody Bellinger is joining the Chicago Cubs.
Breaking: Bellinger to Cubs
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) December 6, 2022
ESPN’s Jeff Passan revealed that Bellinger’s contract with the Cubs is for one year and $17.5 million.
Outfielder Cody Bellinger and the Chicago Cubs are in agreement on a one-year, $17.5 million contract, sources familiar with the deal tell ESPN.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) December 6, 2022
Back in 2019, Bellinger was believed to be on the path to stardom in the MLB. He was just 24 years old and in his 3rd season in the league when he hit 47 home runs, drove in 115 RBIs, and batted .305 to win the NL MVP.
Unfortunately the seasons since haven’t been great.
Over the last 3 years, Bellinger has not been great. He hasn’t hit better than .239 in those seasons and his average dipped all the way down to .165 in 2021. He has hit just 41 home runs total across those 3 seasons.
Now he’ll get a fresh start with a Chicago Cubs team that is also trying to bounce back from some recent disappointing seasons. The Cubs have finished below .500 each of the past 2 seasons and have seen a lot of their talent leave through trades and free agency.
If Bellinger can get back to anywhere close to the player he was in 2019, then this contract will be a steal for the Cubs and he could be a big part of them turning things around in 2023.