This week, USA Today ran a story about Bellinger, the previous National League most important gamer who is delighting in a resurgent season with the Chicago Cubs after he was non-tendered by the Dodgers following 2 injury-plagued seasons.
The story consisted of a quote from Bellinger’s agent, Scott Boras, in which the representative sounded as if he blamed the Dodgers for Bellinger’s career-worst seasons in 2021 and 2022.
” He was harmed, plain and basic,” Boras stated in the piece, referencing the shoulder surgical treatment Belligner had after the 2020 season that was thought to have actually impacted his career-worst efficiencies in the 2 seasons after.
” He has surgical treatment, and the Dodgers asked him to have fun with a 35% strength shortage, and after that with COVID, he was denied of the professional medical treatment,” Boras included the USA Today story. “He didn’t have the shoulder strength. You do not simply go from a.900 OPS to a.500 OPS without comprehending the effect of an injury.
” So, when he ended up being a totally free representative, Cody informed me, ‘I wish to go to groups that understand me the very best, and I wish to go where individuals comprehend me.'”
Boras’ remarks were viewed by some around the sport– along with within the Dodgers company– as a chance at the group.
Prior to Wednesday’s video game, the club’s president of baseball operations, Andrew Friedman, provided a blunt reaction.
” I do not wish to stoop down to that level,” Friedman informed The Times. “But I discover it to be a really hassle-free story. We weren’t amazed by it at all.”
When reached by phone Wednesday night and informed of Friedman’s remarks, Boras clarified the quotes he offered to USA Today.
He stated there had actually been “no misbehavior” by the Dodgers for having Bellinger play in 2021, when the outfielder batted.165 with 10 crowning achievement and 94 strikeouts, which his customer was never ever pushed into playing when he wasn’t comfy doing so.
” The Dodgers were not requiring Cody to play,” Boras stated. “But Cody is a great colleague. And he wished to play and head out there, understanding he simply had surgical treatment. That was the level of that. And he had a clear strength deficit due to the fact that of the surgical treatment. There was no misdeed on the Dodgers’ part, since it was shared that Cody wished to play and the Dodgers desired him to play.”
Prior to Boras’ information Wednesday, Friedman likewise kept in mind that the representative’s initial remarks didn’t point out the Boras Sports Training Institute– the Southern California-based training center often visited by lots of Boras Corp. customers.
” What I discovered truly intriguing was that there was no reference of the Boras Institute and its function in any of this,” Friedman stated. “But I’ll simply leave it at that.”
When passed on Boras’ information on Wednesday night, Friedman decreased to comment even more.
Once a Dodgers franchise favorite who won a Rookie of the Year award in 2017, the National League MVP in 2019 and a World Series title in 2020, Bellinger’s time in L.A. fizzled after his November 2020 shoulder surgical treatment– which was required after Bellinger infamously got injured in an event with colleague Kiké Hernández that postseason.
After his disappointing 2021 project, Bellinger rebounded somewhat in 2022, batting.210 with 19 crowning achievement and 68 RBIs.
The Dodgers held out optimism the 28- year-old might keep enhancing in 2023.
” I understand he’s dealing with our people and doing whatever he can to put himself in position to be a genuine force for us next year,” Friedman stated throughout MLB’s basic supervisor conferences in November.
However, with Bellinger entering his last season of arbitration, the Dodgers were confronted with a difficult monetary choice simply weeks later on: Tender the outfielder an agreement that would most likely pay him more than $18 million, or conserve the cash and permit him to end up being a complimentary representative.
The group picked the latter, unlocking for the Cubs to sign Bellinger as a totally free representative on a 1 year, $175- million offer.
” I want we might have done more to support him and get some more consistency for him,” Dodgers supervisor Dave Roberts stated ahead of Bellinger’s Dodger Stadium homecoming in April. “But often you simply do not have any responses.”
Although the Dodgers appear not likely to pursue Bellinger in totally free company this coming winter season– when he will be among the biggest-name bats on the free market, thanks to his.317 batting average, 20 crowning achievement and.901 OPS this year– the group might be included with other Boras customers.
Most especially, Boras represents pitcher Julio Urías, another face of the Dodgers franchise who will be a complimentary representative in the offseason.
This story initially appeared in Los Angeles Times