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Cody Bellinger, Dodgers agree to 1-year, $17M deal ahead of lockout

Cody Bellinger, Dodgers agree to 1-year, $17M deal ahead of lockout

  • Dodgers
Dec 24
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Jeff Passan and Kiley McDaniel of ESPN reported that Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Cody Bellinger had avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $17 million contract ahead of the December 1 lockout that shut down Major League Baseball and froze transactions.

It was said that the deal was not announced following the lockout due to the fact that teams do not reference players by name during the work stoppage, which has lasted for over three weeks now and will continue into the new year.

The 26-year-old had a somewhat disappointing season, as he hit only .165/.240/.302 with 10 home runs in 95 games — statistically the worst of his career. On the other hand, his postseason performance was what probably convinced the Dodgers to keep him as he hit .305/.406/.629 with 47 home runs and won the National League MVP award.

Following the deal, Bellinger will bring home $900,000 more than he did in 2020. Had the Dodgers not signed him to the agreement, they would have to non-tender him, making him a free agent.

Bellinger brought home a record salary for a first-time-eligible player of $11.5 million after his MVP season. He is expected to hit free agency after 2023.

  • Cody Bellinger

    Cody James Bellinger is an American professional baseball first baseman and outfielder for the Los Angeles Dodgers of Major League Baseball .

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