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Cody Bellinger Next Team Odds: Are The Cubs Willing To Retain Cody Bellinger?

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Cody Bellinger Next Team Odds:  Are The Cubs Willing To Retain Cody Bellinger?

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In one short season, Cody Bellinger went from Los Angeles Dodgers castoff to Chicago Cubs star and Silver Slugger Award winner as the top-hitting centerfielder in the National League. 

It was a good time for a contract year. After just one change-of-scenery season, Bellinger entered the winter as one of the most-coveted free agent outfielders on the market. He’ll be just 28 years of age next year, hitting his prime and is about to be paid handsomely for it. Yet, as Spring Training looms, Bellinger remains available. 

MLB picks enthusiasts eagerly await to see which team will secure his talents for the upcoming season.

Bookies.com veteran oddsmaker Adam Thompson has scoped the landscape and updated his MLB odds as to where Bellinger plays his home games for 2024.  

Cody Bellinger 2024 Team Odds

TeamOddsImplied Probability
Chicago Cubs+17536.4%
Los Angeles Angels+35022.2%
San Francisco Giants+55015.4%
Toronto Blue Jays+60014.3%
Seattle Mariners+75011.8%
The Field+45018.2%

These odds are for entertainment purposes only and do not reflect odds that may be available on legal betting apps.

Bellinger has a career resurgence for the Cubs in 2023. After batting just .165 in 2021 and .210 in 2022, Bellinger hit .307, with the most home runs (26), runs scored (95), and walks (40) since his MVP season of 2019. He also struck out 63 fewer times and set a career-high for steals (20). He was selected as the NL Comeback Player of the Year. 

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MLB insider Jon Heyman said “many, many teams” were expected to look at Bellinger as a possible spot-filler. Bellinger played 84 games at centerfield and 59 more at first base. Yet he remains unsigned. His agent, Scott Boras, has held back from accepting any deal he has deemed undervalued. Perhaps not ironically, the top-four remaining free agents as of Feb. 14 were all Boras clients. 

The Chicago Cubs signed Craig Counsell to the biggest managerial contract in MLB history, showing they’re ready to jump back into the competitive landscape. 

Bringing back Bellinger, who despite playing just 130 games led the team in homers and RBIs and was No. 2 in hits and runs. Losing Bellinger would be a step in the wrong direction. From Bellinger’s angle, his career bounced back big-time at Wrigley. It could be in his best interests to stick with the north-siders.

The more time passes, the more likely Chicago puts forth a massive offer for Bellinger. GM Jed Hoyer and Boras remain at an impasse, but it may be the best deal for Bellinger. 

As expected, other teams that missed out on Shohei Ohtani then turned their attention to Bellinger, the No. 2 outfielder on the market. 

The Toronto Blue Jays fit into that category. Toronto reportedly made a play to be the team to beat in the competition for Bellinger, though they may be wavering in their committment after re-signing OF Kevin Kiermaier to a one-year deal. It alleviates the need at the position, but not the need for a productive left-handed bat. The reported $200 million asking price is a lot for a designated hitter, however. 

The Blue Jays are two years away from having its two star players, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Bo Bichette, hit free agency for the first time. With a strong pitching rotation in hand, the Blue Jays could be an all-in team. 

The Los Angeles Angels lost Ohtani, but they still have Mike Trout and have said they plan to be competitive. Trout mans center field, but Trout and Bellinger could co-exist in the outfield or split DH roles as well. The Angels' 2024 payroll is currently $57 million less than their '23 mark. They can afford halving that and adding Bellinger. 

In the same vein, the San Francisco Giants spent big to add Jung Hoo Lee to fill the key CF spot, though they're still in need of left-hander slugging and have the funds to pay Bellinger what he's seeking. The Giants are in the running for many of the top available free agents. How quickly Bellinger signs, versus other big names such as LHP Blake Snell and 1B Matt Chapman could be the difference on where Bellinger lands. 

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Some insiders believe the Seattle Mariners, who have made room on the payroll to be a buyer this off-season, could be serious about bringing on Bellinger. 

The Mariners need another strong outfielder and are in even bigger need of a left-handed slugger. This is a huge off-season for Seattle to determine if it will take a leap into contender status. Bellinger fills two huge need spots. 

The Field includes teams either with a need or the funds to shift things around and add a big left-handed bat. That includes the Houston Astros, Boston Red Sox, and Philadelphia Phillies.

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Adam Thompson for Bookies.com
Adam Thompson
NFL writer and expert Adam Thompson joined Bookies.com in 2019 after a successful run as senior handicapper for SportsLine and CBSSports.com. He's long been established as one of the nation's premier handicappers, specializing in the NFL where he's hit on more than 60% over the past three years. Adam's NBA, PGA and horse racing picks have also produced major winners over the last 12 months. His customized NFL and NBA odds for players and teams have been picked up by hundreds of websites over the past year.