The Rockies are among the growing number of teams that have some interest in the up-and-coming outfielder. Cody BellingerAnd the Patrick Saunders reports from The Denver Post. 2017 NL Rookie of the Year and 2019 NL MVP are also tied for blue jays And the giants in the past few days.
While Bellinger, who has only hit . 193/. 256/. 355 over the past two seasons after undergoing shoulder surgery in 2020, is an obvious reclamation draft at this point, he’s also a perfect fit for the Rockies. The Colorado Center Workers were among the least productive groups in all of MLB in 2022, slashing .240/.298/.334. The score of 65 wRC+ was the second worst mark of any center field team. Of course, Bellinger has had worse than that lackluster output in recent seasons, but any team that signs him will be rolling the dice at getting back into form — if not all the way back to his MVP-caliber numbers, then at least to again a productive powerhouse.
The Rocky Mountains have a very visible gap in the middle of the field, where a combination of Yonathan Daza And the Randall Grechuk It will be set to play as it currently is. Grichuk posted a .259/.299/.425 (88 wRC+) hitting streak in 2022, completely falling short of the expectations the Rockies had upon acquiring him from the Blue Jays.
Daza made tons of touchdowns and even eclipsed a . 300 batting average in 2022, but his .301/.349/.384 slash also draws attention to the rarity of his full power; Daza has only four batters in 844 major league games, so any dip in the .347 BABIP he has enjoyed over the past two seasons could result in more problematic tally numbers. Defensively, Grichuk and Daza both converted sub-par marks to work the gauntlet in quarterback field.
Despite all his warts on the plate over the past two seasons, Bellinger has maintained at least average defensive marks (well above average, per Statcast) for his work in center field and providing value on base passes. It would also give some much-needed balance to a lineup that currently skews too far towards the right side of the board. Third baseman Ryan McMahon and the right fielder/designated hitter Charlie Blackmun They are the only ones with a guarantee of any playing time. corner horizons Michael Tuglia (key hitter) f Nolan Jones (left-handed), and was the last of them recently Obtained in trade with the GuardiansThey can also add some balance if they play their way into the mix.
All teams interested in Bellinger will have to determine how big a bet they feel comfortable placing on his ability to rebound. The Dodgers clearly weren’t comfortable with the potential arbitration price – Matt Schwartz, MLBTR contributor projected $18.1 million – But Bellinger will still command a handsome salary if enough teams join the bid. Agent Scott Boras recently told The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal that Bellinger will likely sign a one-year deal, and shortening that term could also drive up the final price point. (Teams are typically more willing to bid aggressively on one-year deals than they are on multi-year arrangements.)
The question of how high to bid is especially relevant for a Rockies team that is already expected to shatter its previous franchise record – even with Just a small signature On the agenda this winter so far. The Rockies’ previous opening day payroll record was in 2019, when they spent $145.3 million. Jason Martinez from Roster Resource Projects already valued at $158.5 million. The Rocky Mountains will have to spend some money this off-season if they have any hope of improving on another poor performance in 2022. However, it’s fair to ask if their supposedly limited resources would be best used to make an eight-figure bid for a reversion filter, however high the ceiling.