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Free agent notes: Bellinger, Turner, Longoria

Free agent notes: Bellinger, Turner, Longoria

Despite not being tendered by the Dodgers on Friday, Cody Bellinger He had no shortage of potential suitors, says Jim Bowden CBS Sports HQ. Bowden adds that Bellinger has received calls from at least five teams.Within an hour of not being offered for tender“and that”Many people have contacted since then.

Since bringing down an impressive .305/.406/.629 with 47 homers in 2019, Bellinger has seen a sharp decline. Over the past two seasons, the former MVP has struggled to the .198/.256/.355 streak with a strike rate of 27.1% and a walk rate of 7.7% below average. as such observed by MLBTR’s Anthony Franco suffered a right shoulder injury while celebrating during the 2020 NLCS, followed by unrelated leg and rib issues that appear to be limiting his offensive production.

However, with Bellinger’s offensive production declining, he took on a more defensive role. After reaching the majors as a first baseman, Bellinger has since transitioned into a full-time role in center field and has been rated positively by both Ultimate Zone Rating and Statcast. Without major offensive production over the past two years, Bellinger could potentially earn less than $18.1 million. projected by arbitration by MLBTR contributor Matt Schwartz, but sure to stay on the major league roster.

Elsewhere in the league:

  • In addition to sailorsbenefit in Jaliber Torres And the Colton Wongthe club also checked in Tria Turner And the “All other free middle hacks“for every Bowden. The Mariners’ president of baseball operations, Jerry Dipoto, previously stated that the organization favors landing a shortstop who is willing to play second base, and that JB Crawford It is the Mariners short stop. While both Torres and Wong are regular baserunners, Turner has limited experience in the position, pitching only 436 2/3 innings for second place since 2017. Moreover, all of those innings were in 2021 after a deal Mid-season with the Dodgers, which was already Corey Seeger. Perhaps most importantly, shortstops are traditionally paid more than the second baseman. MLBTR Expect Turner will receive an eight-year, $268 million contract, which would break the record for the highest AAV contract for a second baseman.
  • 15 years veteran Evan Longoria He modified his free agent’s wishes, with Jon Heyman out New York Post Reporting that Longoria,”She hopes to play for another year or two and is open to any competitive team. Bob Nightingale USA Today I previously mentioned that Longoria was only looking at the Giants, Rays, and Diamondbacks as potential landing sites for the free agent. Longoria would be a great addition to any opposing team, as the 37-year-old hits 0.2252/.333/.466 with 27 homers since the start of the 2021 season. However, injuries have limited Longoria to 589 Penn and 170 games over the past two seasons.
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