David Banks - USA Today Sports
David Banks - USA Today Sports

Cubs sign Cody Bellinger to three-year deal

by - Senior Editor -

Belli's back!

The Chicago Cubs have agreed to a three-year deal worth $80 million with star slugger Cody Bellinger on Sunday morning.

The deal is pending a physical and has not been confirmed yet by the Cubs.

There are opt-outs in the contract after the first ($30 mil) and second years ($30 mil) for Bellinger which is a similar contract that Carlos Correa signed with the Twins a few years ago.

His contract will bring the Cubs Opening Day payroll to a projected $218 million, which ranks seventh in Major League Baseball.

In 130 games with the Cubs last season, Bellinger hit .307 with 26 homers and 97 RBIs which earned him National League Comeback Player of the Year and 10th in the MVP voting.

Bellinger will be able to play centerfield and help out at first base for the Northsiders.

Jed Hoyer stood his ground against super agent Scott Boras and got Bellinger for a decent price that allows the Cubs some flexibility financially the next few years.

“I’ve said, dozens of times I think at this point, I have nothing but admiration for him,” Hoyer said recently about Bellinger.

Boras was asking north of $200 million for Bellinger early in the offseason.

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