Dodgers declined to tender Cody Bellinger became a young player.

Regardless, a Dodgers team coming off back-to-back 100-win seasons is in desperate need of a centre fielder 

 And has freed up more than $100 million in payroll space by releasing Trea Turner, Justin Turner, Craig Kimbrel, Tyler Anderson, Andrew Heaney, and David Price.

Bellinger continued to produce Gold Glove-caliber defence at that position

As well as good speed on the bases, but his hitting troubles proved too much to bear at his current pace.

"I wouldn't necessarily say this is the end of the chapter for Cody and the Dodgers," said Andrew Friedman, president of baseball operations.

 "We still believe in Cody's talent and competitive makeup, and we are interested in a reunion. 

We'll be in touch with Cody and his group as he goes through this process."