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Cody Bellinger Is Headed Back to Chicago!

Bellinger and the Cubs Agreed to a 3-Year, $80-Million Contract That Includes Opt-Outs After the 1st and 2nd Year

Cody Bellinger Is Headed Back to Chicago!
Cody Bellinger #24 of the Chicago Cubs/ Cole Burston/Getty Images/AFP

Home Run for the Cubs!

Bellinger dramatically improves Chicago’s outlook!

Cody Bellinger is back where he belongs! Numerous MLB news outlets confirmed that Bellinger will return to the Cubs after agreeing to a three-year, $80 million contract. ESPN’s Jeff Passan first reported the news on Sunday and MLB Network insider Jon Heyman confirmed the deal!

The MLB rumors around the long Bellinger free agency saga are finally over!

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Teams like the Blue Jays, Giants, and Yankees were thought to have interest in Bellinger, but the longer the star outfielder/first baseman remained unsigned, the more it appeared that a return to the Cubs would be the final outcome.

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic and MLB on FOX, explained that the deal includes opt-outs after each year. “Source confirms: Cody Bellinger and Cubs in agreement on three-year, $80 million contract that includes opt-outs after each year. Salaries of $30M, $30M, and $20M,” Rosenthal noted.


The Cubs wanted him back at the right price, and Bellinger loved his time in the Windy City. Playing MLB games at Wrigley Field is an incredible experience and while Bellinger thrived with the Cubs, I’m sure that missing the postseason by one game still hurts him. He definitely wanted to come back and erase that memory by helping the Cubs make a World Series run!

Spring Training started and the Cubs still had big question marks because they lacked left-handed power and viable options to take over at center field and first base, where Bellinger plays defense at a high level.


The Cody Bellinger stats last season were incredible, surpassing all expectations. The 2019 National League MVP and 2017 Rookie of the Year played 130 games at a high level, and according to Baseball Reference, he produced a 4.4 WAR (Wins Above Replacement, the number of wins he added to the team above what a replacement player would add).

Bellinger’s change of scenery from the Dodgers, along with the good relationship he had with the Cubs’ hitting coaches helped him bounce back last year. In addition to his guaranteed $17.5 million salary with the Cubs last season, he also earned a $1 million bonus for winning the Comeback Player of the Year award.

Bellinger hit .307 with 26 home runs and 97 RBIs. He also had 20 stolen bases, positioning himself as one of the best left-handed hitting free agents in 2024.


Bellinger dramatically improves Chicago’s outlook! Here is a look at how the Cubs’ lineup could look after bringing back Bellinger:

  1. Mike Tauchman (or Pete Crow-Armstrong), CF
  2. Nico Hoerner, 2B
  3. Ian Happ, LF
  4. Cody Bellinger, 1B
  5. Seiya Suzuki, RF
  6. Dansby Swanson, SS
  7. Christopher Morel (or Patrick Wisdom), DH
  8. Yan Gomes, C
  9. Nick Madrigal (or Patrick Wisdom), 3B

 

Cubs fans eagerly waited for the team to make a statement signing like this! Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts, president of Baseball Operations Jed Hoyer, GM Carter Hawkins, and the entire front office deserve praise because they did not waver. The Cubs are bringing back the player they needed and now they have what it takes to compete with teams like the Dodgers, Braves, and Phillies and make a deep postseason run.

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