A league MVP just three years ago has now been launched by the group for which he grew to become a celebrity then mysteriously become virtually an automated out.
Cody Bellinger, who received the 2019 Nationwide League MVP, was non-tendered by the Los Angeles Dodgers, making him a free agent.
When Bellinger made his MLB debut in 2017, he shortly burst onto the scene together with his 39 dwelling runs and 97 RBIs, profitable the Nationwide League Rookie of the Yr unanimously. Two years later, he hit .305 with 47 homers, 115 RBIs, and a 1.035 OPS for the 106-win Dodgers to win the MVP Award. He additionally received a Gold Glove in heart subject.
Within the COVID-shortened 2020 season, he hit .239 however nonetheless won a World Series. It turned out the 60-game season was an indication of issues to come back.
For the reason that begin of the 2021 season, Bellinger is hitting .193 with a .611 OPS and simply 29 dwelling runs in 239 video games.
His 2021 season was derailed by accidents after he dislocated his shoulder celebrating his NLCS-winning home run the earlier October. However, even when wholesome, he was by no means capable of return to kind. This previous season, his .265 on-base proportion was the bottom of all certified hitters in baseball.
Bellinger would have made a projected $18 million in arbitration this 12 months — he made $17 million in 2022 — which might have been his remaining 12 months of arbitration earlier than hitting the free agent market. As an alternative, he turns into a free agent one season early.
All 30 MLB groups should resolve if they’ll tender contracts to arbitration-eligible players by 8 p.m. ET Friday. Earlier Friday, the Mets non-tendered former first-round decide Dominic Smith.
Bellinger remains to be solely 27 years previous, so maybe a group will take low-cost flier on him in hopes he returns to the MVP-caliber participant he as soon as was.
The Dodgers additionally might lose Trea Turner in free company, however they’ve reportedly proven curiosity in Aaron Judge.