After much internal debate and external speculation, the Cody Bellinger restoration project apparently will not continue in Los Angeles.

The Dodgers did not tender a contract offer to the center fielder – one of their 11 arbitration-eligible players – before Friday’s 8 p.m. deadline.

Bellinger, 27, becomes a free agent. The National League Rookie of the Year in 2017 and the NL MVP in 2019, Bellinger has regressed significantly for three seasons since those achievements. While remaining an elite defender in center field, Bellinger has hit just .203 with a .648 OPS over the past three seasons.

The Dodgers had hoped that a healthy season following shoulder surgery in November 2020 and a leg fracture in April 2021 would allow Bellinger to reverse his decline. But he hit .210 with a .654 OPS and 150 strikeouts in 2022 and was not in the starting lineup for two of the Dodgers’ four playoff games.

ANGELS: Los Angeles acquired third baseman Gio Urshela from the Minnesota Twins in exchange for minor league right-hander Alejandro Hidalgo.

Urshela batted .285 with 13 homers and 64 RBI while playing a career-high 144 games in his only season with the Twins. He has one season left before free agency.


YANKEES: Infielder Isiah Kiner-Falefa agreed to a $6 million, one-year contract that avoided salary arbitration.

Kiner-Falefa got a $1.3 million raise under the deal, which was struck as the evening deadline approached for teams to offer 2023 contracts to unsigned players on their 40-man rosters.

New York also claimed right-hander Junior Fernández off waivers from the Pittsburgh Pirates.

BRAVES: Even though Tyler Matzek will miss the entire 2023 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery, Atlanta re-signed the reliever to a $3.1 million, two-year contract.

The deal also includes a $5.5 million club option for 2025 with no buyout.

ROCKIES: Colorado claimed left-hander Brent Suter off waivers from the Milwaukee Brewers.


Suter, 33, went 5-3 with a 3.78 ERA in 54 appearances this past season.

• Colorado right-hander Tyler Kinley agreed to a $6.25 million, three-year contract, a deal that could increase to $9.25 million if he becomes the team’s closer when he returns from elbow surgery.

CUBS: Chicago tendered All-Star outfielder Ian Happ a contract for next season, part of a flurry of moves.

The Cubs also tendered contracts to infielders Nico Hoerner and Nick Madrigal and reliever Codi Heuer. They agreed to 2023 contracts with relievers Rowan Wick and Adrian Sampson, avoiding arbitration with both pitchers, and claimed infielder Rylan Bannon off waivers from the Atlanta Braves.

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