Cubs Extend Qualifying Offer To Cody Bellinger

The Chicago Cubs offered Cody Bellinger a contract for $20.325 million, ensuring compensation if he joins another team this offseason.

Cody Bellinger became a free agent when he chose not to stick with the $12.5 million option to play for the Cubs in 2024.

Bellinger, the 2019 National League MVP, had a remarkable comeback season with the Cubs in 2023 after struggling in his previous years with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

In 2023, the 28-year-old left-handed slugger excelled, hitting .307, with 26 home runs, 97 runs batted in, 20 stolen bases, and an impressive .881 OPS in 130 games.

Bellinger's return to MVP form in 2023 has made him a highly sought-after player by many teams in the offseason.

His exceptional defensive skills in center field complemented his offensive achievements with the Cubs.

The Cubs took the step of offering Bellinger a qualifying contract, which means they could get extra draft picks if he decides to play for another team.

Bellinger's choice to explore free agency gives him the opportunity to consider offers from various teams.

The Cubs are looking to retain Bellinger's talents but face competition from other teams eager to secure his services.

The baseball world awaits Cody Bellinger's decision on his next destination, knowing that his incredible 2023 season has made him a coveted player in the offseason.

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