Braves: Add the Rays to the list of potential suitors for Freddie Freeman

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It’s no surprise that Freddie Freeman has a long list of potential suitors vying for his services, but this is a report I never expected to hear. According to MLB insider Jon Heyman, the Tampa Bay Rays made an offer to Freeman before the lockout began.

Now, I highly doubt Freeman is seriously considering joining the Rays. Tampa Bay has one of the smallest payrolls in baseball, and I can’t imagine they can hang around with the big boys like the Dodgers and Yankees, who are also attempting to pry Freeman away from the Braves. However, I’m unbelievably intrigued by what the Rays’ offer may have been. Here’s one of the best responses I saw to Heyman’s tweet:

Who knows what the Rays offered, but if they ever were able to pony up enough money to convince Freeman to sign, it might be exactly what they need to get over the hump. Tampa Bay has been one of the best teams in baseball over the last four seasons, making it to the World Series just two years ago. Adding Freeman to the mix would once again make them the clear favorites to win the ultra-competitive AL East.


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