I wrote about the Miami Marlins pursuing current Chicago Cubs CF Cody Bellinger in free agency before. The price turned out to be too high for Kim Ng to pay, and I don't blame her. It was a gamble at that time and could've easily blown up in management's faces. The Chicago Cubs won their gamble, but as I said it could've went the other way too. The good news is that now he's less of a gamble. So should The Fish pursue him?
The Miami Marlins should go after CF Cody Bellinger
The Miami Marlins are in playoff position and need to improve at the trade deadline. These aren't secrets of course, but to be more specific the team needs at least one other big bat. I can't see many better rental bats out there other than Bellinger. Yes, I've heard all of the talk about how the Cubs have "the best run differential in the division" etc.
Let me say this, run differentials aren't an exact science. If a team won a game against a bad team 10-0 and then lost 2-1, they have a 1-1 record. Let's say they lost the next game 1-0, they now have a 1-2 record. According to the run differential they're outscoring opponents 12-3 and should've won all 3 games. My point is that the below .500 Cubs are going to be sellers at the trade deadline.
Cody Bellinger is a free agent after the season, so obviously Chicago will look to cash-in on him. Considering Cody can play both first base and CF, he's versatile enough to be very valuable to the team. He's also batting .308/.365/.523, which is very useful to say the least.
It pays to point out that while Cody Bellinger batted .279/.369/.559 from 2017 to 2019, he batted just .203/.272/.376 from 2020-2022 after his shoulder injury. I don't know if he will ever get back to that MVP form, but the Miami Marlins just need him to produce the way he had this season for a few more months. Would that be worth it? Maybe he even has another level to get to...