ESPN reporter Buster Olney tweeted on Tuesday that Los Angeles Dodgers star Freddie Freeman, angry and disappointed with his free agency outcome in the offseason, fired his representation.
The player then released a statement in which he said he was working things out with his performance and that “last weekend in Atlanta was a very emotional time for me and my family”.
Obviously, he wasn’t too thrilled to leave Atlanta, a city he’s lived in since 2007 when he was drafted by the Atlanta Braves.
“I’m beginning to understand that Freddie Freeman wanted to stay with the Braves. Just a vibe, though,” tweeted MLB analyst and personality Jared Carrabis, citing Olney’s tweet.
I’m starting to understand that Freddie Freeman wanted to stay with the Braves. Just a vibe, though. https://t.co/MPScNaHcwD
— Jared Carrabis (@Jared_Carrabis) June 28, 2022
It’s certainly not easy to leave a place you’ve called home for so long.
Freeman apparently wanted to return to Atlanta
Freeman made memories in Atlanta that will likely last a lifetime.
He won awards, he was crowned league MVP and he won the first World Series title since 1995.
And then he had to leave.
He wanted a six-year deal, but the Braves didn’t want to go that far.
Seeing that Freeman (or his agency?) didn’t want to accept a shorter contract, the team brokered a deal with the Oakland Athletics to bring in Matt Olson.
The Braves sacrificed money and players to find Freeman’s replacement as he sat in the market.
Maybe seeing the Braves sign his replacement without telling him broke his heart.
He then accepted a six-year contract with the Dodgers, but given the current situation, it is likely that he would have accepted a five-year contract with the Braves.