Braves Report: Freddie Freeman likely to test unrestricted free agency

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There would never be a bad time to announce a Freddie Freeman contract extension. He’s been the face of the Braves franchise for the better part of a decade and has only gotten better with age. However, following last night’s debacle with the Washington Nationals, there might not be a better time to announce an extension. Freeman truly is Atlanta sports’ unproblematic king, but unfortunately, it doesn’t look like we will be hearing about a new contract with the Braves before the end of the season.

MLB insider Jon Heyman reported earlier today that the two sides have been in contact regarding an extension, but there is still a gap, which will likely result in him testing the open market.

On the bright side, Heyman also suggests that this has the feel of a scenario where Freeman will stay in Atlanta.

I’ve always thought that to be the case based on what both sides have said, but there is a chance some team will blow Freeman away with an offer if he hits the open market. Heyman says a starting point for Freeman’s new deal could be the contract Paul Goldschmidt signed with the Cardinals — five years, $130 million.

If that’s what the Braves are offering, I’m in no way surprised there is a gap between them and Freeman. The 2020 NL MVP is as consistent as they come and still has plenty of years left in his prime. He will certainly get something better than that if he hits the open market — probably closer to $200 million. It doesn’t do the Braves any good for Freeman to test free agency and explore leaving. That will only boost his market, which is exactly what Freeman is thinking. Still, I think the two sides eventually come to a number that both parties are pleased with, and a deal gets done.

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