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