The Cleveland Guardians are missing out on a valuable free agent, Cody Bellinger, who could significantly boost their lineup due to their reluctance to spend outside their preferred price range.By the Numbers
- Bellinger's impressive 2023 stats: .307/.356/.525 slash line, 29 doubles, 26 home runs, 20 stolen bases, and 97 RBIs
- Bellinger's weighted runs created plus (wRC+): 134
The Guardians' risk-averse nature and past unsuccessful free agent signings, like Josh Bell and Mike Zunino, have deterred them from aggressively pursuing Bellinger.State of Play
- The Guardians are uncomfortable with big splash moves in free agency.
- The organization's hesitance is influenced by past unsuccessful signings and concerns about Bellinger's inconsistent performance from 2020-2022.
The Guardians' reluctance to spend beyond their comfort zone means they are missing out on the opportunity to significantly enhance their lineup with the addition of Cody Bellinger.
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