4 free agents Dodgers fans better hope don’t land in the NL West

Jason Reed
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 29: Aaron Judge #99 of the New York Yankees hits his 29th home run of the season against the Oakland Athletics at Yankee Stadium on June 29, 2022, in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by New York Yankees/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 29: Aaron Judge #99 of the New York Yankees hits his 29th home run of the season against the Oakland Athletics at Yankee Stadium on June 29, 2022, in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by New York Yankees/Getty Images) /
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Cody Bellinger – Colorado Rockies

The Los Angeles Dodgers non-tendered Cody Bellinger after the 2019 NL MVP posted two awful seasons that were not worth what he would have gotten in arbitration. Being that he is a former MVP and is still very young, there are going to be several teams interested in taking a flyer on Bellinger.

Bellinger’s No. 1 concern at this point should be to find a team where he can thrive, regain some of his old form, and increase his contract value for next offseason. A multi-year deal for Bellinger would be surprising, as a one-year deal seems like the most likely outcome.

If his sole intent is career rehabilitation, then the best place for him to sign is probably the Colorado Rockies. Coors Field is the perfect ballpark for Bellinger to try and find some of his old form. The Rockies certainly have a place for him in the outfield as well to give him everyday playing time.

This would be hard for Dodgers fans to see, as they would be watching a fan favorite leave Los Angeles for a division rival. Having to face Bellinger 19 times a season would be gut-wrenching for Dodgers fans, especially if the Rockies figure something out with Bellinger that the Dodgers couldn’t (sounds laughable, but…).

It still seems very likely that Bellinger is going to leave regardless, and it would probably be best if he signs with an American League team that the Dodgers hardly have to face.

The last thing any Dodgers fan wants to see is Bellinger hitting an absolute moonshot off of his former team at Coors Field.

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