Cody Bellinger would be a good backup outfielder, DH
Cody Bellinger is an odd fit for the Cardinals. He is a laid-back character who has had a lot of injuries, leading to his electing free agency. Luckily, he does not want a huge contract. A short-term deal will work for him as he works to build himself back up.
The 27-year-old lefty could provide backup to the outfield. Dylan Carlson and Tyler O’Neill have also experienced their fair share of injuries. He can also help as a designated hitter or pinch running.
Bellinger hit .210/.265/.389 with an OPS of .654. He has a career OPS of .819. This season he hit 19 home runs, 68 RBI, and had 14 stolen bases.
He was the 2017 NL Rookie of the Year and the NL MVP in 2019. With the Dodgers rumored to be going after some big names, it’s easy to see why they may have been ok with allowing Bellinger to walk. While the Rockies and Giants are interested in him, Bellinger would be an intriguing fit with the Cardinals as they look to solidify their outfield situation. While Dylan Carlson would be a great Cardinals centerfielder, with his recent struggles, it may be worth a shot to have Bellinger on the club, even with his efforts. He is still a talented athlete. Having Bellinger and Carlson compete for playing time may benefit the two athletes and the Cardinals.
As he wants a short-term deal, Bellinger could prove an inexpensive piece toward a successful season.