Ranking the top 5 Cubs offseason moves

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Ranking the top 5 Cubs offseason moves: #2 - Cody Bellinger

Any time you bring in a former World Series champion and MVP, it's a good thing - especially when that player is still just 27 years old and has every reason in the world to go and ball out.

Cody Bellinger hasn't been that player since 2019, but there's reason to think he could at least start trending back in the right direction this year. Reportedly fully healthy and recovered from a lingering shoulder issue, the 2017 NL Rookie of the Year joined the Cubs on a one-year prove-it deal, in hopes of hitting the open market again next winter and scoring a major payday.

When he's healthy, this is a guy capable of transforming a lineup - with power that ranks right up there with the best sluggers in the game. Throw in the fact that, regardless of what he does at the plate, he's a Gold Glove-winning outfielder capable of also playing first base and it's easy to see the appeal here.

Center field was a major position of need for Chicago heading into the offseason and the addition of Bellinger puts an emphatic checkmark in that box. I'm not saying Bellinger is going to go and win another MVP in 2023, but for the sheer upside he carries, I've got him as the #2 move the Cubs made this winter.