Baltimore made one-year, $15.8 million qualifying offers to three departing free agents and catcher Matt Wieters accepted, but first baseman Chris Davis and left-hander Wei-Yin Chen have declined.
That means Davis and Chen are both outright free agents and if they sign elsewhere the Orioles will receive a draft pick as compensation.
Davis’ projected market varies wildly depending on who you listen to–Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com predicted he’ll get $182 million, which seems insane to me–but he figures to have enough interested suitors that forfeiting a draft pick to sign him won’t scare anyone off.
Chen could see his market somewhat limited by the attached draft pick compensation, although as a 30-year-old lefty with a 3.44 ERA in 377 innings during the past two seasons he shouldn’t have trouble securing a sizable multi-year deal.
Following a dominant 5-1 win to clinch the National League Championship Series on Saturday night, the Dodgers named outfielder Cody Bellinger their MVP of the series.
Bellinger, 23, made noise when it mattered. Entering Saturday’s game, he carried a meager .190/.227/.238 batting line with just four hits and two RBI, but his hits in Games 4 and 7 became the difference-makers the Dodgers needed to keep pace with the Brewers and clinch the NL pennant. In Game 4, it was Bellinger’s 13th-inning base hit off of Junior Guerra that put the Dodgers over the top for the walk-off 2-1 win. The outfielder returned to put the finishing touches on the series with a go-ahead home run — his first of the postseason — in the second inning of Game 7.
Bellinger wrapped his second season in the Dodgers’ organization in 2018, slashing .260/.343/.470 with 25 home runs, an .814 OPS, and 3.6 fWAR across 632 PA and all 162 games. He’s the youngest Dodgers player to receive the award to date.