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Cody Bellinger sticking with agent Scott Boras amid short-term contract with Cubs after comeback season

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Regardless of having to accept a short-term contract after profitable NL Comeback Participant of the 12 months and receiving MVP votes final season, Chicago Cubs outfielder Cody Bellinger has no plans to go away agent Scott Boras. Bellinger signed a one-year “show your self” contract with the Cubs final winter, had a terrific 2023, and should do it once more if he desires to actually money in subsequent offseason.

This is what Bellinger mentioned about sticking with Boras (by way of The Athletic):

“I’ve positively gotten blown up. However I’ve confirmed a number of instances that I am positively not leaving,” Bellinger mentioned. “I’ve instructed Scott that. I had nothing however constructive experiences by the entire course of.”

This previous offseason was a really dangerous one for Boras. Bellinger was one among 4 adorned Boras shoppers — Bellinger, Platinum Glove winner Matt Chapman, postseason hero Jordan Montgomery, reigning NL Cy Younger winner Blake Snell — who needed to accept a short-term contract after looking for far more. Montgomery left Boras earlier this month.

These short-term contracts do have what quantity to built-in insurance coverage insurance policies, it ought to be famous. Bellinger has a three-year, $80 million contract with two choose outs, so if he has a very good yr, he can return into free company this winter. If not, he can stick with the Cubs. Chapman, Montgomery, and Snell have related contract buildings.

Nonetheless, Boras did not get 4 distinguished shoppers a long-term contract, and one has already left for an additional company. The easy indisputable fact that his shoppers are being requested whether or not they’ll go away displays poorly on Boras. This isn’t the primary time Boras has had a foul offseason — Dallas Keuchel and Mike Moustakas circa 2018-19 can attest to that — however this one was evident.

Boras represents All-Stars Pete Alonso, Alex Bregman, and Corbin Burnes, all of whom are scheduled to develop into free brokers after this season. Jose Altuve was additionally going to develop into a free agent after the season, although he signed a five-year extension a couple of weeks in the past. Realistically, there was by no means a lot of an opportunity Altuve would go away Houston.

Bellinger, for what it is price, has began slowly this season. The 28-year-old is slashing .200/.296/.371 with three house runs by 18 video games. Questions on underwhelming contact high quality (exit velocity, and so forth.) persist, although Bellinger ranks center of the pack now after sitting close to the underside of the league final offseason.  

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