Los Angeles Dodgers, Cody Bellinger agree to one-year, $16.1M deal

Cody Bellinger and the Los Angeles Dodgers agreed to terms on a one-year, $16.1 million contract for the 2021 MLB season on Friday to avoid arbitration.

By Field Level Media

The Los Angeles Dodgers and former MVP Cody Bellinger avoided salary arbitration on Friday by agreeing to a one-year, $16.1 million contract, according to multiple reports.

A two-time All-Star, Bellinger batted a career-worst .239 last season with 12 homers and 30 RBIs in the shortened, 60-game 2020 campaign. He also struggled in the World Series, batting .136 (3-for-22) with one homer and three RBIs, as the Dodgers defeated the Tampa Bay Rays to win their first title since 1988.

Bellinger established career highs of a .305 average, 47 homers and 115 RBIs in his National League MVP season of 2019. He also was NL Rookie of the Year in 2017.

The 25-year-old has a career .273 average with 123 homers and 318 RBIs in 506 games over four seasons.

Bellinger is eligible for free agency following the 2023 season.

–Field Level Media