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Dodgers, Bellinger reportedly reach record arbitration deal

Field Level Media

January 11, 2020 at 2:30 am.

Reigning National League MVP Cody Bellinger and the Los Angeles Dodgers avoided arbitration Friday by agreeing to a record-setting $11.5-million deal, multiple news outlets reported.

The figure would break the record for highest salary for a player in his first year of arbitration eligibility, set last year by the Chicago Cubs’ Kris Bryant at $10.85 million.

Friday was the deadline for teams and their arbitration-eligible players to exchange salary figures to be used in arbitration hearings next month.

Bellinger, 24, hit .305 with 47 home runs, 115 RBIs and 121 runs scored, posting a 1.035 OPS. The outfielder/first baseman beat out 2018 NL MVP Christian Yelich of the Milwaukee Brewers and Washington Nationals third baseman Anthony Rendon for the MVP award. Since being called up in 2017, Bellinger has played on two All-Star teams and taken home a variety of accolades, including a Gold Glove Award, a Silver Slugger Award, the 2017 Rookie of the Year and the 2018 National League Championship Series MVP.

In 450 games, he has 111 home runs, 288 RBIs and 292 runs scored while batting .278.

The Dodgers, who have yet to go to arbitration with any of their players since president Andrew Friedman arrived in October 2014, also agreed to one-year deals with shortstop Corey Seager ($7.6 million), utility player Enrique Hernandez ($5.9 million) and pitchers Ross Stripling ($2.1 million) and Julio Urias ($1 million).

Infielder Max Muncy and outfielder Joc Pederson have yet to reach deals with the Dodgers.