BREAKING: Braves and Athletics reach an agreement to send Matt Olson to Atlanta

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With Braves fans nervously waiting for news regarding their star first basemen Freddie Freeman, Alex Anthopoulos was busy making moves. According to Jeff Passan, the Braves are acquiring Matt Olson from the Athletics in an apparent deal to replace the face of their franchise.

The reality is Olson could be an even better fit than Freeman. He’s younger, won’t cost as much over the remainder of his contract, and is coming off a season where he mashed 39 home runs and recorded a 5.8 WAR. It wouldn’t have cost the Braves any prospects to re-sign Freeman, but Anthopoulos didn’t see the cost of prospects being a dealbreaker. Olson is a powerful left handed bat and fantastic in the field, so the Braves hopefully won’t see a huge drop off in production from Freeman.

It hurts to see a franchise icon like Freddie Freeman go, but Matt Olson has serious 50 home run potential in Atlanta. The prospect cost is a big one, with the Braves sending their 2021 First Round Pick, Stud prospect Shea Langeliers, and defensive star Cristian Pache headlining the deal:

 

 

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