As was expected when the Braves didn’t iron out an extension with Freddie Freeman, he’s testing the market and engaging in discussions with other teams:
Yankees met with reps for all top lefthanded-hitting 1B, including Freddie Freeman. Of course the Braves would seem most likely to retain Freeman, while Rizzo and perhaps trade candidate Olson, among others, may be more realistic for NYY. But it’s worth investigating the great FF
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) November 15, 2021
There’s no big shock the Yankees are meeting with Freeman’s camp. They have a need at first base and have the money to spend. Freeman would be a pretty good fit for New York. Even though he is one of the best hitters in the league when he sprays the ball across the diamond, he should get a few extra home runs with the short porch at Yankee Stadium. Still, I don’t think accolades are at the top Freeman’s mind. He already has an MVP and a World Series ring. Security and playing somewhere he’s comfortable are likely his top priorities.
According to earlier reports, Freeman has already turned down the “Paul Goldschmidt contract” offered by the Braves. This is just a report, but it makes sense that the Braves would use it as a starting point. Freeman deserves more than that, and he should be compensated like the player he is — one of the five best pure hitters in the game.
As of right now, there’s no way to know if the Yankees made an offer to Freeman. If they did, I don’t think he would accept itright away and not take any more meetings. The Braves will likely be given the chance to make one final offer, which hopefully, is good enough for both sides to get a deal done.
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