MLB Rumors: Cubs "Having Discussions" With Top Remaining Free Agent

The Chicago Cubs have been actively involved in discussions with free agent Cody Bellinger, as the offseason progresses with a slow pace in MLB free agency.

Despite the market's sluggish movement, the Cubs remain a strong contender for re-signing Bellinger, according to various insiders.

The team's lack of major moves, aside from a deal with Japanese starter Shōta Imanaga, positions them as a potential destination for Bellinger, who has had a thinning market due to other teams making significant signings, such as the New York Yankees acquiring Juan Soto and the Toronto Blue Jays signing Kevin Kiermaier​.

Cubs outfielder Ian Happ commented on the ongoing free agency saga, noting that it's not uncommon for players to sign contracts late into spring training.

Bellinger had an amazing bounceback season last year, slashing .307/.356/.525, with 26 home runs, 97 RBIs, 20 stolen bases, and 95 runs scored across 130 games played.

Bellinger's situation is complicated by his recent performance history; after a standout 2023 season with the Cubs, where he significantly improved his market value, his agent Scott Boras is likely seeking a substantial deal.

However, Bellinger's past inconsistencies and injury issues may be causing hesitation among interested teams. Despite this, the Cubs are seen as the favorites for his signature, with other teams like the San Francisco Giants, Toronto Blue Jays, and Los Angeles Angels also being linked to the player​.

Previously, Bellinger had agreed to a one-year contract with the Cubs, which included a mutual option for 2024, signaling a potential for a longer-term relationship with the team.

This deal was valued at $17.5 million guaranteed, suggesting the Cubs' willingness to invest in Bellinger's potential to regain his form.

The former MVP had a significant drop in performance following his 2019 MVP season but showed signs of a resurgence during his time with the Cubs, making him an attractive option for the team as they look to bolster their roster for the upcoming season​. Photo Credit: Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports