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Cody Bellinger Next Team Odds: Yankees Taking The Lead

Adam Thompson for Bookies.com

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Cody Bellinger Next Team Odds: Yankees Taking The Lead

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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 is 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. 

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 revealed his MLB odds as to where Bellinger plays his home games for 2024.  

Cody Bellinger 2024 Team Odds

TeamOddsImplied Probability
New York Yankees+35022.2%
Chicago Cubs+40020.0%
San Francisco Giants+42519.1%
Toronto Blue Jays+60014.3%
Seattle Mariners+60014.3%
Minnesota Twins+10009.1%
Milwaukee Brewers+14006.7%
San Diego Padres+14006.7%
The Field+12507.4%

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, in fewer at-bats, than last year, and set a career-high for steals (20). 

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MLB insider Jon Heyman said “many, many teams” are expected to look at Bellinger as a possible spot-filler. Bellinger played 84 games at centerfield and 59 more at first base. There aren’t a ton of teams that have needs at those positions with extra money to go big at them, but one of them stands out. 

The New York Yankees have the funds and the need. They’re expected to reach out about Juan Soto, the superstar Padres outfielder, but Bellinger fills a need and doesn’t require a huge extension after trading away prospects. Bellinger is one of New York’s prime targets this offseason. 

The Chicago Cubs just 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.

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The San Francisco Giants have been trying, and failing, at securing a big free-agent bat, first with Aaron Judge then Carlos Correa. They’re expected to go big again here with Bellinger. 

The Giants’ president of operations, Farhan Zaidi, ran things with the Dodgers when Bellinger was having his best seasons. They have an “in” and plan to use it. 

Those three teams are the strong favorites to land Bellinger, but many others have a need and could look to make a splash. 

The Toronto 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. 

They have a need at CF with Kevin Kiermaier hitting free agency. With a strong pitching rotation in hand, the Blue Jays could be an all-in team. 

The Seattle 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. 

Bellinger would be a great fit in the lineups for the Minnesota Twins and Milwaukee Brewers, the former of which needs a strong glove in center field, the other a left-handed slugging first baseman. 

Whether either is prepared to shell out what it would take is another thing. The same goes for the San Diego Padres if they trade Soto as expected. 

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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About the Author

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.