Cody Bellinger. Chicago Cubs center fielder Cody Bellinger (24) rounds third on a solo home run in the third inning of an MLB National League game between the Cincinnati Reds and the Chicago Cubs at Great American Ball Park in downtown Cincinnati on Friday, Sept. 1, 2023. The Reds won 3-2 on a walk-off single off the bat of third baseman Noelvi Marte, scoring Stuart Fairchild from third base.

The entirety of MLB free agency is feeling the freeze of the winter months as big names remain unsigned.

Cody Bellinger, for one, is currently without a home. There appears to be one big reason for that: Money.

“Ultimately, the widespread belief within the industry is that Bellinger and the Cubs will reunite, but only if/when his asking price comes down,”’s Mark Feinsand reported.

This isn’t a surprise, of course.

Not only is he a Scott Boras client, but the consensus around the league is he can recreate what he did in 2023.

He finished his campaign with the Chicago Cubs slashing .307/.356/.525 with a 133 OPS+ and 26 home runs. He also led the league with 12 intentional walks.

The New York Post’s Jon Heyman said the going rate for the former National League MVP and two-time All-Star is around $200 million.

He remains the clear star outfielder now that two-way phenom Shohei Ohtani is off the board after signing a record-breaking deal with the Dodgers.

Boras is never one to rush. He’s very patient and knows the market better than everyone. He said everyone’s involved in the Bellinger sweepstakes.

The Cubs still remain a favorite to land him, however.

President of baseball operations Jed Hoyer was very complimentary of him and said there was a sit down discussion with Bellinger in October. To which Bellinger said he loves the Cubs and the fans.


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