It was talked about for weeks before it actually happened and it still took fans by surprise. The Los Angeles Dodgers actually non-tendered Cody Bellinger, making him a free agent who can sign with any team.
This does not mean that Bellinger’s career with the Dodgers is over yet. The Dodgers could have done this with the intention of bringing Bellinger back at a cheaper price, as his recent production has not been worth the price tag he would have warranted in arbitration.
That being said, Bellinger now has the ability to stick it to the Dodgers and sign elsewhere. And while it would be a sad thing to see him go, it seems inevitable that Bellinger will be wearing a different uniform in 2023.
Here are 3 reasons why Cody Bellinger is definitely leaving the Dodgers:
3. Scott Boras and the Dodgers Don’t Mix Well
This might seem like a trivial point, but it is something that Dodgers fans should absolutely keep in mind. Cody Bellinger is represented by Scott Boras, who is the biggest agent in the entire sport and has worked out massive deal after massive deal for his clients.
For whatever reason, Boras’ clients never sign with the Dodgers, even when Andrew Friedman and Co. are interested. There have been some pretty notable Boras clients that the Dodgers have been tied to in recent years who signed elsewhere.
Bryce Harper, Anthony Rendon, Hyun-Jin Ryu, Max Scherzer and Corey Seager are all players that the Dodgers were either tied to or employed prior to free agency who signed elsewhere.
With Los Angeles doing Bellinger a disservice, and Boras’ history of convincing his clients to just take the most money possible, it seems all but inevitable that Bellinger will follow the cash. Heck, Boras is already bragging about the several multi-year deals that Bellinger has received from other teams.
If that is the case, Los Angeles better hope that they at least repair the relationship with Boras and his clients in the future, as Julio Urías is set for a big payday next winter that will be headlined by the Boras Corporation.