First baseman Freddie Freeman, who has played his entire career with the Atlanta Braves so far, may be preparing to seriously consider signing elsewhere.
According to ESPN insider Buster Olney, there is a “growing belief” that Freeman will not return to the Braves for the 2022 season and beyond.
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The Braves were always seen as the favorites to re-sign Freeman this offseason, but it was more a popular belief that he would be a lifelong Brave rather than Atlanta showing clear intentions to secure his services on a new one. long- term contract.
He’s said to be in the hunt for a six-year, $180 million contract, and he’s done a lot to make Atlanta deserve it.
However, the Braves aren’t thrilled to pay around $200 million for a 32-year-old first baseman until he turns 38.
Braves can’t rule out Freeman so easily
It’s an understandable stance, of course, but Freeman means so much to fans that the Braves not re-sign him would be a clear mistake.
If the Braves don’t want him, there’s sure to be a market for him: The Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Yankees have been interested in the left-handed slugger in recent months before the lockout, and both could l accommodate financially. and in the field.
Despite being on the wrong side of 30, Freeman remains a very productive hitter.
In 2021, he pared .300/.393/.503 with 31 homers and 120 runs scored, despite a slow start.
He has racked up 4.5 substitution wins (WAR).
He was the 2020 National League MVP and led his team to their first World Series title since 1995 in 2021.
The Braves can’t be ruled out as Freeman’s final destination, but the chances of a comeback don’t look good now.