Shocking! Dodgers non-tender OF Cody Bellinger

Cody Bellinger with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2018. By Ian D & Andrea, CC BY-SA 2.0, https

November 18th, 2022

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Dodgers have non-tendered outfielders Cody Bellinger and Luke Williams, as well as infielder Edwin Ríos.

Bellinger, 27, played in 144 games for the Dodgers last season, hitting .210 (106-for-504) with 27 doubles, 19 homers and 68 RBI. The Arizona native won the National League Rookie of the Year in 2017, hitting .267 with a National League rookie record 39 homers. In 2019, he won the National League Most Valuable Player Award, slashing .305/.406/.629 with 47 homers and 115 RBI. During that campaign, he became the only player in franchise history win the MVP, Rawlings Gold Glove and Louisville Silver Slugger in the same season. He spent parts of six seasons with the Dodgers, hitting a combined .248 with 152 homers and 422 RBI. He was drafted by the Dodgers in the fourth round of the 2013 First Year Player Draft out of Hamilton High School.

Williams, 26, was selected off waivers by the Dodgers on November 8. He played in 79 games last season with San Francisco and Miami. He began the season with the Giants, hitting .250 with three RBI before being designated for assignment on May 21. He finished the season with the Marlins, hitting .235 (27-for-115) with four doubles, one homer and three RBI. He has been in the Major Leagues parts of two seasons, hitting a combined .240 (54-for-225) with nine doubles, two homers and 12 RBI. In seven minor league seasons, he has hit a combined .241 with 24 homers and 174 RBI in 486 games. He was originally drafted in the third round of the 2015 First Year Player Draft by the Philadelphia Phillies.

Ríos, 28, played in 27 games for the Dodgers last season, recording seven homers and 17 RBI. He missed most of the season with a right hamstring strain and finished the campaign with Triple-A Oklahoma City, hitting a combined .259 with nine homers and 39 RBI. He has spent parts of four seasons with the Dodgers, clubbing 20 homers and recording 43 RBI in 112 games. In six minor league seasons with the Dodgers, he hit a combined .291 with 104 homers and 365 RBI. He was drafted by the Dodgers in the sixth round of the 2015 First Year Player Draft out of Florida International University.


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