Mut on WEEI tonight complained that Bellinger is exactly the kind of guy the Sox should be really interested in. Said he had a "down" year last year.
2019: 47 hr, 115 rbi, 1.035 ops, 167 ops+, 8.6 bWAR, MVP - supermegastar
2020: 12 hr, 30 rbi, .789 ops, 112 ops+, 1.5 bWAR - Covid year but huge drop in rate stats
2021: 10 hr, 36 rbi, .542 ops, 44 ops+, -1.5 bWAR - epic disaster
2022: 19 hr, 68 rbi, .654 ops, 78 ops+, 1.2 bWAR - not good
It's not just that he had a "down" year last year. He's been an abject disaster for two straight seasons, and the one before that, while not terrible, was a HUGE step down from his MVP year. This is three not so good years in a row. NOT the kind of guy you want to spend nearly $20 million on.
It's possible that another year removed from his injury that he'll be better, and I wouldn't have minded the Sox taking a $10 million risk on him, but Mut...come on man.