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MLB Rumors: Dodgers free agent Cody Bellinger interested in Rockies on 1-year deal

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - OCTOBER 11: Cody Bellinger #35 of the Los Angeles Dodgers reaches first base on a fielding error by the San Diego Padres during the third inning in game one of the National League Division Series at Dodger Stadium on October 11, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

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Future After four straight losing seasons, the Colorado Rockies are struggling to find answers for a quick turnaround in 2023. Per Patrick Saunders
Denver Post, Rockies interested in former National League MVP Cody Bellinger —
Bellinger’s agent, Scott Boras, told The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal earlier this week that his client has had offers for years, but “likely, because of his age,” they will seek a one-year deal contract to help him rebuild his value and be on the market again after the 2023 season. Bellinger became a free agent on Nov. 18 when the Los Angeles Dodgers declined to offer him a contract. The move comes after three seasons in 2020-22, in which he hit .203/.272/.376 in 295 games.
Bellinger looks set to be one of the best players in MLB ahead of 2020 season , and is the cornerstone of the Dodgers for years to come. He was named NL Rookie of the Year in 2017 after hitting .267/.352/.581 with 39 homers in 132 games.
The 2019 season was the pinnacle of Bellinger’s career. He was named NL MVP after hitting .305/.406/.629 slashes with 47 homers in 156 games.
Bellinger is one of the most intriguing free-agent options due to his upside. He’s only 27 years old and has been playing with injuries lately. He had offseason shoulder surgery ahead of the 2021 season and suffered a broken leg and hamstring problems early in the regular season.
All of these issues combined limit Bellinger to 95 games in 2021. He played in 144 games last season but was plagued by a left adductor strain in the first half.
The Rockies are caught between trying to compete in the NL West and rebuilding. They paid Kris Bryant $182 million over seven years last offseason, but he played in just 42 games last season due to injuries. Colorado finished last in the NL West in 2022 with a 68-94 record. The team hasn’t made the playoffs since being swept by the Milwaukee Brewers in the NLDS in 2018.

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