This is the second part of a series that will evaluate the long-term outlook at each position for the Braves. Most will have the same format, but for a fairly obvious reason, this one will be a little different. If you missed the first part of this series, click the link below.
Freddie Freeman or ???
The Braves’ short and long-term outlook at first base is cloudy, but they can both be solved by a straightforward decision — re-signing Freddie Freeman. Reports suggest Freeman is looking for a six-year contract, while the Braves have held firm on a five-year offer. If that really is the difference in negotiations, I don’t see how a deal doesn’t get done, but I’m not taking anything for granted until I see pen to paper.
If the Braves don’t re-sign Freeman, they’ll have to immediately pivot and find a replacement in free agency or through a trade. However, that likely won’t solve their long-term issues at the position. They don’t have anyone in the minors that is anywhere close to ready to take over at first base. This is why bringing back Freeman is even more of a no-brainer. Saving a few million won’t be worth the headache not re-signing him will cause over the next five years.