Cody Bellinger Makes Decision On 2024 Option With Cubs

Cody Bellinger, a versatile player capable of filling the roles of first baseman and outfielder, has chosen to decline the $12.5 million mutual option with the Chicago Cubs, making him a free agent with a $5 million buyout.

This move was highly anticipated, given Bellinger's strategic one-year contract with the Cubs after leaving the Los Angeles Dodgers.

His plan to rebound after a challenging season was a resounding success in 2023. Bellinger put on a remarkable display, hitting 26 home runs while boasting a .307/.356/.525 batting line, along with 97 RBIs, 20 stolen bases, and 95 runs scored across 130 games played.

With only a brief absence due to a left knee injury, Bellinger's season marked him as one of the premier position players in the upcoming free-agent market.

As the 28-year-old former NL MVP enters free agency, he is poised to be one of the most sought-after players of the offseason.

The Cubs are expected to extend a $20.325 million qualifying offer to Bellinger, a gesture he is likely to decline.

This decision opens the door for various teams to pursue his services.

Bellinger's exceptional offensive and defensive skills, along with his remarkable 2023 season, make him an attractive addition for any team looking to bolster their roster, adding a compelling storyline to the winter's free agency period. Photo Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports