The next time we’ll see Freddie Freeman, he’ll be wearing Dodger blue (puke!) after inking a six-year, $162 million contract. I think I speak for most people when I say the number he received was much lower than expected. Freeman either wanted to go to Los Angeles for whatever reason, or he and his agent way overestimated his market. Because reportedly, the offer from the Braves wasn’t much different.
Freddie Freeman, who lives in Corona Del Mar, gets to stay home in his six-year, $162M deal with the #Dodgers. He signs one day later than Matt Olson's eight-year, $168 million deal with Atlanta. Atlanta's last known offer to Freeman was five years, $140M.
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) March 17, 2022
The five-year, $140 million contract the Braves offered has been reported by several people, so this was never about money, which is disappointing. You could argue the difference in the deal was actually that sixth year the Dodgers offered, but that would just be lying to yourself. Once you factor in taxes, the difference in the contracts is only about $10 million. Unless Freeman’s career falls off a cliff, he would have easily commanded that—and probably much more— as a free agent.
After all the times Freeman said Atlanta is where his heart lies, It’s apparent that wasn’t the case. As a fan, I would be lying if I said it didn’t sting a little knowing that. I respect his decision, but now it’s up to the rest of the players on the Braves to make him regret it.
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