Chicago Cubs Sign Cody Bellinger and Jameson Taillon
The last interesting piece of news is the Chicago Cubs’ making their first big splash of the off-season, signing former National League Most Valuable Player Cody Bellinger to a 1-year, $17.5 million dollar deal on Tuesday.
While the Cardinals had been linked to Bellinger due to their desire to add a left-handed bat and him working with Cardinals’ bench coach Matt Holliday a few days ago, once his reported asking price of close to $20 million came out, it was clear that St. Louis would not be going after the struggling outfielder. The 27-year old remains a great defender in the outfield and solid baserunner, but has struggled in a major way at the plate since his shoulder injury in 2020.
The risk for Chicago is there, but it is also a one-year deal, so if Bellinger flames out, he’ll be off the books for them after the season. It will be interesting to see if Bellinger is able to have a career resurgence in Chicago, as if so, he’ll help improve the Cubs by a lot next season and earn himself a big contract after the 2023 season.
The other big move that the Cubs made around midnight central time was signing RHP Jameson Taillon to a 4-year, $68 million deal, which brings Chicago another reliable arm for their rotation. Taillon is not a front-line starter by any stretch, posting a 3.91 ERA in 32 games last season, but will be an upgrade over the Cubs current rotation options.
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