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Dodgers: Fans Chime in on What Cody Bellinger Should be Paid in Next Contract

Dodgers fans took to Twitter to talk about how much Cody Bellinger should get paid.



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.

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. 

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. 

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? 

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Written by Brook Smith

Brook is the Senior Editor of Dodgers Nation, with several years of experience in sports journalism. He is an avid Dodgers and Lakers fan, and can be spotted fairly often at Dodger Stadium and Staples Center.

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  1. I don’t see the Dodgers paying anyone 300 million, especially for 8-10 years. They may pay them 35 million or five or six, but too many things can go wrong after the age of 30. Even at six years it would be $210 million At the end of tha contract he would be barely into his 30’s and the Dodgers would have a better idea of how far he could go. As long as Scot BorASS is not his agent, he could be with the Dodgers a long time. The players like to talk about showing loyalty but they forget that loyalty is two-way street. One thing is for sure, Salaries can not contnue to rise like they have the last five years or soon the American family will not be able to afford season tickets and will have to cut back to selected game packages. The players have to be careful not to cook the golden goose…

    • I hate to be the bearer of bad news but Scott Boras IS his agent so let’s enjoy him while we can. With Bellinger being one of the best players in the game AND only 24, it’s almost a guarantee that he will leave because given the long term big money contracts that Trout, Harper and Machado have already signed and the Betts will almost undoubtedly sign after this season, Boras will be seeking one him. And us Dodger fans know for a fact that Friedman & Co don’t give out contracts like that, so unfortunately Bellinger’s days in LA are numbered

  2. I don’t see the Dodgers paying anyone 300 million, especially for 8-10 years. They may pay them 35 million or five or six, but too many things can go wrong after the age of 30. Even at six years it would be $210 million At the end of tha contract he would be barely into his 30’s and the Dodgers would have a better idea of how far he could go. As long as Scot BorA$$ is not his agent, he could be with the Dodgers a long time. The players like to talk about showing loyalty but they forget that loyalty is two-way street. One thing is for sure, Salaries can not contnue to rise like they have the last five years or soon the American family will not be able to afford season tickets and will have to cut back to selected game packages. The players have to be careful not to cook the golden goose…

    • Focus on Betts first. It may be mission impossible, but take a shot, keeping in mind that the other MVP (Bellinger) will be looking for something similar. Lock up Bellinger after the Betts results are in. You still have plenty of time before he approaches free agency. If the Dodgers win a WS this year they should go for Betts and Bellinger all out. Forget about the luxury tax. Titles change the game plan.

  3. I like the idea of Betts’ potential but lets be honest, he hasn’t done anything yet for the Dodgers. He has everything on paper and his time with BoSox speaks well….still, let’s see him walk-the-walk. I have every confidence in the world he will be just fine , however there is the Dave Roberts/Dodger FO Metrics contingent that could frustrate him no end with their Beer League Softball rec lineup roulette.

    I guess I’m just trying to temper my hopes & expectations.

  4. Maybe we should wait and see if Bellinger can ever learn to hit in Sept. and Oct. before we go spending 300+ million of the Dodgers money?

    • Good point Tim. There are too many Dodger disappearing acts in the postseason. Bellinger’s batting average dropped every month of season last year after a phenomenal start. He limped to an MVP, and hibernated in the postseason. Don’t get me wrong, I like him. I’m glad he got the MVP. He’s a tremendously gifted ballplayer. But there is a consistency question that needs to be answered, year to year, month to month, and especially regular season into postseason, before the big bucks are handed out.

  5. Player salaries have no affect on ticket prices. Ticket prices are market based, meaning they’re set at prices that people will pay. The tv deal more than covers the player salaries each year. If the Dodgers slashed their payroll in half, ticket prices wouldn’t be cut in half.

  6. Let’s see if he really is Trout like before getting into what he should get. If he has another MVP like season then it’s going to be a lot 400+. If he has a so so season like 18 then not as much maybe 25 to 30 mil per.

  7. The bottom line is Bellinger hasn’t been good in big series. Maybe a 4 year package for 100 million. Who would ever think that’s not enough? Bring back the Steve Garvey days.

    • But according to you the Dodgers are one of the teams that cheat they must be pretty bad at it with the way they hit in October

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