Bellinger agrees to $16.1M, 1-year contract with Dodgers

Fri Jan 15 2:48pm ET

Los Angeles Dodgers' Cody Bellinger swings during the sixth inning in Game 4 of the baseball World Series Tampa Bay Rays Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)


LOS ANGELES (AP) Dodgers star Cody Bellinger agreed to a $16.1 million, one-year contract Friday with the World Series champions that avoided salary arbitration.

The Los Angeles outfielder and first baseman was the 2019 NL MVP and 2017 NL Rookie of the Year. He hit a career-low .239 with 12 homers and 30 RBIs in the shortened season, down from a .305 average with 47 homers and 115 RBIs, all career bests.

He slumped to a .136 average (3 for 22) with one homer and three RBIs in the World Series against Tampa Bay as the Dodgers won their first title since 1988.

A two-time-All Star, Bellinger earned $4,259,259 in prorated pay last year from an $11.5 million salary.

He is eligible for free agency after the 2023 season.

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