Cody Bellinger turned to the Chicago Cubs for a one-year contract worth $17.5 million.
The Toronto Blue Jays were among the teams interested in hiring the outfielder.
The Los Angeles Dodgers also reportedly showed interest after the team decided not to offer him a contract, but Jon Heyman of MLB Network felt it was unlikely that the two sides would come to an agreement.
The 27-year-old Bellinger played his first six seasons in a Dodgers uniform. He was named National Rookie of the Year in 2017, in addition to receiving the title of National Most Valuable Player in 2019.
Last season in 144 games, he batted .210 in addition to hitting 19 home runs and driving in 68 runs.
Other targets for the Jays
Toronto would also have been interested in offering a contract to pitcher Andrew Heaney, according to Buster Olney, but he would have preferred an offer from the Texas Rangers, the amount of which has yet to be disclosed. The 31-year-old Heaney played in 16 games for the Dodgers last season, including 14 starts.
He went 4-4 and posted a 3.10 ERA in 72.2 innings.
Finally, Olney believes that the Jays would keep an eye on Brandon Nimmo, whose cost could however be very high. Nimmo had a .274 batting average last season and hit 16 homers in addition to driving in 64 runs with the Mets last season.
To avoid the high cost of securing Nimmo’s services, Olney believes the Blue Jays could turn to the trade market and acquire Bryan Reynolds from the Pittsburgh Pirates.