Former Dodger signing with Cubs could affect Cody Bellinger’s future

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There may be a secret underground pipeline connecting LA to Chicago. With the frequency at which Dodgers players head over to the Cubs, it would would only make sense. The still-unsigned Cody Bellinger led the charge last season and had a resurgent season in Chicago. This offseason, the Dodgers sent Yency Almonte and Michael Busch over in a trade for prospects on arbitration deadline day that allowed them to make room for Teoscar Hernández on the 40-man.

Per FanSided insider Robert Murray, another former Dodger will be reuniting with Almonte and Busch in Wrigleyville. On Monday night, David Peralta and the Cubs reportedly agreed to a minor-league deal, and the ex-Dodger will likely be at spring training shortly. Peralta was a reliable presence in the Dodgers' outfield last season before he hit free agency, and has since been replaced by Hernández.

The Cubs already have Seiya Suzuki, Ian Happ, Mike Tauchman, and Pete Crow-Armstrong in the outfield, but Peralta could make a case for himself at spring training. If he does, and if Bellinger's free agency continues to stall, could Peralta jeopardize the possibility of Bellinger's return?

David Peralta signs a minor league deal with Cubs after leaving Dodgers in free agency

Peralta is coming off of an arm injury he sustained and played through during his 133 game season with the Dodgers. Despite some flashes of proficiency, he wasn't good enough to justify the Dodgers keeping him for 2024, and they turned to Hernández in free agency instead. Peralta will be 37 by the time the 2024 season wraps up, but he could make an argument for a bench role as a player who can hit for average and doesn't strike out easily.

Bellinger is the best free agent still available, but as part of the Boras Four, his market has crawled this offseason. The Cubs seem to be keeping a door open for him, as other teams that were originally interested in him — including the Giants, Phillies, and Blue Jays — have found other, likely cheaper avenues or are starting to close their books on more free agent spending as we get closer and closer to Opening Day.

However, patience seems to be wearing thin, which could give Peralta an opening to squeeze into if he can show up in spring training.