Heyman: Cubs are in the early mix for Cody Bellinger

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(670 The Score) Early on, the Cubs are involved in the sweepstakes for outfielder Cody Bellinger, Jon Heyman of the New York Post and Audacy Sports said on the Mully & Haugh Show on Tuesday morning.

Bellinger, 27, was non-tendered by the Dodgers last week after a second consecutive poor season. This 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.

Agent Scott Boras has hinted that Bellinger will sign a one-year deal with a focus on bouncing back in 2023 and then hitting free agency again for a bigger payday. The Cubs are among those in the mix for Bellinger, Heyman said, though they also have other higher priorities.

“I’ve heard his name connected to the Cubs,” Heyman said of Bellinger. “I think the Cubs are really looking at those great shortstops, so that’s the big story with the Cubs. Are they going to get (Carlos) Correa or (Xander) Bogaerts or one of those guys, (Trea) Turner? That’s the big story.
They’re looking at catching. I know they’ve talked about (Christian) Vazquez and some other catchers.

“I have heard Bellinger connected with the Cubs.”

The Cubs have a hole in center field that they need to fill this offseason. Bellinger has been a strong defender in his career.

The Blue Jays have already expressed interest in Bellinger, Jon Morosi of MLB.com previously reported.

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