Dodgers Reach Record Arbitration Agreement with NL MVP Cody Bellinger

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Numerous sources have reported Friday evening, just a few hours after the 11:00 AM PST deadline for arbitration settlements, that the Dodgers have agreed to terms with reigning National League MVP Cody Bellinger.

Mike DiGiovanna, a sportswriter for the Los Angeles Times, reported the news to Twitter first around 4:00 PM PST, stating the terms of the agreement to be marked at $11.5M due to Bellinger during the 2020 season. Bellinger earned $605,000 last season in a year in which he was awarded a Gold Glove Award, a Silver Slugger Award, and the Most Valuable Player award. This nearly $10.9M raise is certainly one Bellinger earned.

Previously, Chicago Cubs star third baseman Kris Bryant was the record-holder for the biggest arbitration settlement in a player’s first eligible season. Bryant earned a $10.85M deal from Chicago at that point. Bellinger’s $11.5M payday from Los Angeles sets a new record amongst players in the first year past their rookie deal.

Steamer projections, according to FanGraphs, predict Bellinger to record 5.7 fWAR in 2020.