When news broke that the Brewers were extending Christian Yelich for $215 million, Dodgers fans got excited. Los Angeles’ fans took to Twitter to sound off on what the extension meant for Cody Bellinger, who could be a free agent as soon as 2024.
10 years? More? Less? How much? What does Cody Bellinger's next contract look like?
— Dodgers Nation (@DodgersNation) March 5, 2020
As it turns out, fans are more than okay with giving Cody Bellinger a boatload of money. Above all, the common answer was that Bellinger would surely garner more money on his next contract than Yelich did.
answer: Every Penny
— Damn Liberal (@dodger09blue) March 3, 2020
That’s right, every penny. Whatever the cost, it’s hard to imagine the Dodgers letting Bellinger slip away from them over money concerns. So why did Christian Yelich take such a low offer? Well, it boils down to a few small differences.
The first being that Yelich signed a seven-year extension with the Marlins at age 23. That extension was worth close to $50 million and would have made him a free agent at age 30. Yelich severely undervalued himself at the time of the signing but chose to take the guaranteed money. Just two seasons into his big league career, he wasn’t exactly showing that he was a 7 WAR capable player.
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Cody Bellinger, on the other hand, has shown from day one that he is capable of a lot of power and a lot of potential. At just 24 years old, Bellinger is almost certain to garner a ridiculous contract. Dodgers fans will just have to hope that it comes sooner rather than allowing him to enter free agency.
300 million over 8 years.
— mario (@mario03396491) March 4, 2020
The Dodgers paying Bellinger $300 million over 8 years still seems like an underpay. Bryce Harper signed a $330 million deal with the Phillies last offseason, and it doesn’t seem unreasonable that Bellinger could eclipse that total.
Unfortunately for the Phillies, Harper hasn’t even come close to living up to that value. For that much money, you would hope to have a player that provides a 5+ WAR per season at a minimum. Bellinger may not maintain his MVP status through a full 8 years, but he is certainly capable of being worth a $300 million deal.
What do you think? Is Cody Bellinger worth more than $300 million?