Photo Credit: mlb.com
1. Shohei Ohtani goes to the Cubs on a short-term deal
Photo Credit: nypost.com
2. Yoshinobu Yamamoto signs with the Mets for $150 million
Photo Credit: cbssports.com
3. Cody Bellinger travels to the Bronx
Coming into the 2023 season, there were no expectations for Cody Bellinger when he signed a 1 year deal with the Cubs. He never discovered that 2019 MVP form when he hit 47 home runs for the Dodgers. A hot start lasted through June and carried through the 2nd half to lead the Cubs to the postseason. Bellinger hit .307 with 26 HR, 97 RBI, 20 SB, and a 4.1 fWAR. These numbers were a huge surprise from 2020-22 when he hit under .239 and less than 20 HR in each of the 3 seasons. Bellinger’s looking for a team that needs an outfield spot and a way to show that his 2023 year wasn’t a fluke. That team is the New York Yankees. The Yankees are in need of 2 outfielders with rookie OF Jasson Dominguez rehabbing and rookies Oswaldo Cabrera and Everson Pereira struggling. They can cut that number in half by going for the star OF. The short porch can also lead to big numbers from Bellinger as his lefty power will be helpful for a productive year for the Yankees.
4. Juan Soto doesn’t get traded
5. The Reds will sign 2 starters to strengthen their rotation
My name is John Pagnotta and I live in Queens, NY. I am a sophomore at Monsignor McClancy Memorial High School. I am a huge fan of the Jets, Mets, Islanders, and Knicks. I started following sports when I was around 7 years old and I have not lost love for it ever since!