Dodgers: Five most untouchable players in trade talks

Cody Bellinger, Los Angeles Dodgers (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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Cody Bellinger – Los Angeles Dodgers (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images) /

2) Cody Bellinger

The second most untouchable players on the Dodgers roster is Cody Bellinger. And not only because he won the 2019 National League Most Valuable Player Award. The 24-year-old is, well, only 24-years-old, and he is still under team control for four more years, counting the 2020 season. In other words, he is a superstar, he is young, and he won’t be a free agent for a long time. You don’t trade those type of players. Ever.

Bellinger’s 2019 campaign was one for the ages. He hit 47 home runs, drove in 115 runs, and hit an incredible .305/.406/.629. When he wasn’t smashing the baseball from the batter’s box, he was catching everything that came his way in the outfield, leading to a Gold Glove Award last season.

You could argue Bellinger’s value is offset a bit by the acquisition of Mookie Betts, who plays the same position. The Dodgers lineup is stacked with power up-and-down the order. Could the team win the National League West without Bellinger? Probably.

But don’t confuse that point with the suggestion that he isn’t one of the most valuable players (pun intended) on the roster over the long-term. He should be hitting in the middle-of-the-lineup for years, perhaps a decade to come.