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Good News: Cubs still land top free agent

Throughout the whole offseason, the Chicago Cubs have been the overwhelming favorites to sign the free agent.

Before spring training starts the next week, the Chicago Cubs still have time to make a significant move. Cubs fans would want to see a certain outfielder return to the Windy City, though it doesn’t have to happen before then.

Following his rejection of the Cubs’ qualifying offer of $20.325 million in 2018, Cody Bellinger has been available for purchase. There have been and gone suitors. There have been and gone rumors. However, one thing that has been consistent throughout this process is the belief held by the so-called experts that Bellinger will ultimately return to Chicago.

Three baseman Matt Chapman, outfielders Jorge Soler and J.D. Martinez, and two pitchers, Blake Snell and Jordan Montgomery, are among the many elite free agents still available.

Thus, MLB.com asked its forty-three writers and contributors to cast their votes for the 2024 destinations of each of the six free agents.

A resounding majority of them decided that Bellinger should return to Chicago.

As MLB.com reported, the Cubs received 39 out of 43 votes cast for Bellinger, and the same staff had selected the team as Bellinger’s offseason destination.

The San Francisco Giants, the Minnesota Twins, and the Toronto Blue Jays were the other three teams that were given votes.

What, therefore, stands in the way? Probably money. Bellinger, who is represented by Scott Boras, was included in the New York Post’s pay forecasts earlier this offseason as having the potential to sign a contract that could last anywhere from six to eight years and top $240 million.

However, that was almost the beginning of the offseason. Bellinger might receive a shorter contract—one that would enable him to test free agency once more—given the way the market has evolved.

However, the results were evident. Bellinger is expected to be a Cub by MLB writers.

Despite missing a month due to an injury, Bellinger slashed.307/.356/.525/.881 in 130 games with 26 home runs and 97 RBI in 2023 to earn the titles of NL Comeback Player of the Year and Silver Slugger.

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