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Cubs, Cody Bellinger Agree to One-Year Deal

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The Chicago Cubs and veteran outfielder Cody Bellinger have agreed to terms on a one-year, $17.5 million contract, according to ESPN’s Jeff Passan.

Bellinger, 27, brings Gold Glove-caliber defense to the Cubs outfield, plus speed on the bases, and bounce back potential despite his struggles at the plate Bellinger is still a former National League MVP.

Bellinger earned the honors back in 2019 with the Los Angeles Dodgers, when he batted .305/.406/.629 with 47 home runs, 115 RBIs and 15 stolen bases. But since then Bellinger has batted just .203/.272/.376 over a stretch of 295 regular-season games.

“He’s a really good fit from a perspective of it is great defense, great base running, left-handed bat with the potential to have an uptick offensively,” Cubs manager David Ross said Tuesday from the MLB Winter Meetings.

Bellinger is likely viewed as a placeholder for prospect Pete Crow-Armstrong, a top prospect they received from the New York Mets in the Javier Baez trade in 2021.

Anthony DiMoro is the creator of Sports Rants and the CEO of Elite Rank Media. He is a former Contributor for Forbes and the Huffington Post where he covered sports, social media, and SEO. Anthony formerly hosted the 'Forbes SportsMoney Podcast'.

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