Cody Bellinger declines option with Cubs, will test free-agent market

Field Level Media

November 04, 2023 at 3:14 pm.

Slugger Cody Bellinger declined his end of a $25 million mutual option for 2024 with the Chicago Cubs and will test free agency.

Bellinger, 28, batted .307 with 26 homers and 97 RBIs last season after signing a one-year, $17.5 million contract. The rebound performance was impressive for Bellinger, who was cut by the Los Angeles Dodgers last November.

Bellinger had a $12.5 million salary this year and gets a $5 million buyout.

He followed up a National League MVP season in 2019 while playing with the Dodgers with three down seasons. He batted .239, .165 and .210 in successive campaigns from 2020-22.

A two-time All-Star, Bellinger is a career .258 hitter with 178 homers and 519 RBIs in 875 games with the Dodgers and Cubs.

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