8. Cody Bellinger: Keep
The fact that Cody Bellinger is even considered to be a potential trade chip for the Los Angeles Dodgers is completely staggering to me. There is the chance that the Dodgers will not trade Bellinger no matter the price, however, his name is picking up steam as someone that could be traded.
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I understand the “nobody is safe everyone has a price” mindset but Bellinger is going to take a massive return for the Dodgers to want to trade him.
Bellinger, Corey Seager and Walker Buehler all fall in this category where it is going to take Mike Trout, Mookie Betts, Christian Yelich, Jose Altuve or some sort of MVP-caliber player (not named Giancarlo Stanton) to trade.
I also understand the “this group of guys has already lost two World Series in a row, do you really want to lose three in a row with the same group?” mentality. However, all the Dodgers need is some small tweaks. Making two consecutive World Series is no easy task and dismantling the core because of it is foolish.
Heck, you could probably change three things about both World Series and the Dodgers would be back-to-back World Series champs. Trading Cody Bellinger for anything less than an obvious upgrade (which is a small list) is asinine.
Bellinger did have a down year but most sophomore players do. He still has elite power, defense and speed with a bat that saw improved contact down the stretch last season. He is versatile in the field, is under a minuscule contract and could be a top-five MLB player in five years.
Trading him is foolish. Plain and simple. If the Los Angeles Dodgers trade Cody Bellinger, I would begin to lose my faith in this front office.