Happy Holidays everyone! We are in the middle of winter, and baseball has essentially taken a pause.
Out of the blue yesterday, Jeff Passan from ESPN reported that the Dodgers and Cody Bellinger had agreed to a one year $17 million contract to avoid arbitration before the original Dec. 1 lockout date.
Apparently, the deal was neve reported, but it was agreed to before the lockout. Bellinger is coming off his worst major league season, although he did miss a lot of time due to several injuries.
Bellinger hit .165 on the year, but he seemed to hit a switch during the postseason hitting .353 and coming up with some of the biggest hits during the playoff run.
As of now, Bellinger is set to hit free agency after the 2023 season.
Other than that, the team has signed players to minor league contracts. Most recently, the Dodgers signed catcher Tomas Telis to a minor league contract; he had appearances with the Rangers and Marlins during 2013-2018. The 30 year old will look to earn a spot on the big league roster.
In other news, during the offseason, Dodger Stadium will hold a Top Golf Live tour, as it will run from January 27-30. Tickets could be found at Dodger Stadium.
As far as the lockout, it appears talks will resume at some point in January. Let’s be hopeful that it is resolved sooner than later.
It has been a crazy 2021, it feels like just yesterday when we were watching Bellinger and Justin Turner run past each other on the base paths during Opening Day.
Happy Holidays to everyone, and the New Year can not get here any faster.