It was already clear that Freddie Freeman wasn’t returning to the Braves; all we have been ready to study was which large market crew he’d land with as a substitute.
Now, he is heading west — and coming dwelling within the course of.
Freeman has agreed to phrases on a six-year contract with the Dodgers, per ESPN’s Kiley McDaniel and Jeff Passan. The deal is reportedly value $162 million.
It is a homecoming for Freeman, who grew up in Southern California. It is also an opportunity for him to affix what immediately turns into the perfect offense in baseball, one which options seemingly numerous All-Stars and two former MVPs in Mookie Betts and Cody Bellinger along with Freeman, who gained the NL MVP in 2020.
Freeman figures to fit in at first base, although with the common DH passing by way of, he may see time at designated hitter as properly. He’ll probably step proper right into a top-of-the-order position, anchoring the Los Angeles offense with Betts, Trea Turner, Max Muncy, and extra.
It was extensively believed that Freeman could be one of many first main dominoes to fall in post-lockout free company, however he ended up taking his time. A lot in order that the Braves — his former crew who gave the impression to be priced out of a bidding struggle — made a commerce for an additional star first baseman in Matt Olson.
Freeman will nonetheless perpetually be a legend in Atlanta, as after 12 seasons he lastly helped ship a World Collection title to the town final season. Over these 12 years, Freeman hit .295/.384/.509, clubbed 271 homers and logged 941 RBIs, good for 5 All-Star picks and three Silver Slugger awards.