Reports: Cody Bellinger to join Cubs on 1-year deal

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(670 The Score) The Cubs on Tuesday made their first notable addition in free agency this offseason.

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First baseman/outfielder Cody Bellinger has agreed to a one-year, $17.5-million deal to join the Cubs, according to multiple reports. Bellinger, 27, was non-tendered by the Los Angeles Dodgers in November after a second consecutive poor season. Agent Scott Boras had previously indicated that Bellinger’s intention was to sign a one-year deal with a focus on bouncing back in 2023 and then hitting free agency again for a bigger payday, and he’ll now have a chance to do that with a change of scenery.

Bellinger’s rough patch in the middle of his career has come after he was one of the best players in the game from 2017-’19. Bellinger won the National League MVP award in 2019, when he hit .305 with 47 homers, 115 RBIs and a 1.035 OPS.

Bellinger hit .165 with a .542 OPS in 2021 and then hit .210 with 19 homers, 68 RBIs and a .654 OPS in 144 games in 2022.

The Cubs have holes to fill in center field and at first base, and Bellinger could help them address either one. He’s been an elite defender for most of his career.

The Blue Jays had also expressed interest in Bellinger, according to reports.

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