Cubs Likely to Re-Sign Former NL MVP Cody Bellinger, MLB Insider Suggests

Cubs Eye Reunion with Star Amidst Offseason Roster Revamp

by Nouman Rasool
Cubs Likely to Re-Sign Former NL MVP Cody Bellinger, MLB Insider Suggests
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The free agent market for Cody Bellinger, once projected to be one of the names in baseball outside of Shohei Ohtani, has surprisingly cooled off as the new year rolls in. Despite his status as potentially the best available hitter, Bellinger remains unsigned, defying earlier expectations of a robust market for his skills.

Cubs Eye Bellinger Return

Bellinger's former team, the Chicago Cubs, narrowly missed the playoffs and have experienced significant roster changes. This upheaval includes the uncertain future of Bellinger with the team. However, MLB Network's Jon Morosi suggests a return to the Cubs could be the most likely outcome.

Morosi stated, "That is the next logical move. While Bellinger joining the Blue Jays is a possibility, a reunion with Chicago seems the most fitting. As we step into early 2024, I still see that as the most probable scenario." The Cubs, having missed out on acquiring outfielders Juan Soto and Kevin Kiermaier, are still in the hunt for a high-caliber player.

Bellinger, who enjoyed a successful stint with the Cubs last year, remains on the market. The team's significant offseason acquisition, former Milwaukee Brewers manager Craig Counsell, underscores their need for skilled players, further fueling speculation about Bellinger's return.

Originally, expectations were high for Bellinger, a former Los Angeles Dodgers superstar. After betting on himself in 2023 with a standout performance, there was talk of a potential $200 million contract. However, concerns arose about whether his success was merely a temporary resurgence following several underwhelming seasons in LA.

This skepticism has led to hesitance among teams to commit to a high-value contract, affecting Bellinger's market prospects. As the offseason progresses, Bellinger's continued availability has become a notable story. While his high asking price may have initially deterred teams, the evolving market could potentially lower his price, making him an attractive option for teams looking to add a star player.

With the Cubs already familiar with Bellinger's capabilities and needing to bolster their lineup, a reunion in Chicago appears increasingly likely, potentially marking a significant move in the Cubs' strategy for the upcoming season.