Chicago Cubs remain the perfect option for Cody Bellinger

The Cubs face a decision: Bring back Cody Bellinger or pivot to other options like Jordan Montgomery or Matt Chapman.

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Until Cody Bellinger signs a new contract, there will not be much of a stance change regarding how national insiders view the situation.

The thinking heading into the offseason was that if Bellinger's free agency extended toward the beginning of Spring Training, the chances would be likely that his next deal would be a return to the Cubs. That remains the likely scenario as Mark Feinsand and Jon Morosi talked about the natural fit the Cubs are for Bellinger in a recent free agency refresher for MLB dot com.

" I would have to go with Montgomery and the Rangers, though a reunion between Bellinger and the Cubs feels just as likely. Chicago hasn’t replaced Bellinger’s bat in its lineup this winter, and unless the Cubs pivot to Chapman, the need to bring back Bellinger continues."

Mark Feinsand, MLB dot com

Morosi followed with similar sentiments.

"I don’t see a better fit than a reunion for Bellinger and the North Siders. The Cubs have flexibility at his two positions -- first base and center field -- and Bellinger found a home in Chicago after struggling mightily near the end of his tenure as a Dodger. "

Jon Morosi, MLB dot com

The issue remains that Scott Boras remains in search of a contract worth at least $200MM for Bellinger, and the Cubs are not going to budge from their price range. If Bellinger finds an offer in excess of $200MM, likely from the Toronto Blue Jays or San Francisco Giants, he will not be returning to the Cubs. The fact, however, that he hasn't received such an offer would suggest that none of its kind is coming.

If Boras remains steadfast in his asking price for Bellinger, it wouldn't be out of the realm of possibility that the Cubs pivot to one of Jordan Montgomery or Matt Chapman. Though, if it's Montgomery, the Cubs would be leaning heavily on their pitching staff and run prevention for success next season--going against Jed Hoyer's awareness that the Cubs have lacked the ability to blow teams out in recent years.

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