Freddie Freeman reveals differences with Dodgers and Braves pursuits in free agency
There were plenty of MLB teams who were hesitant to pursue former MVP Freddie Freeman in free agency this past offseason. But it had nothing to do with his skill level, rather, there was concern over potential decline given that Freeman will be 33 this season. The fact that he was asking for a six-year contract scared off a number of teams. However, one would not have expected Atlanta to be one of those teams.
According to Freeman, they may have been.
Bob Nightengale recently shared on Twitter that Freeman said he only received two calls from the Braves while the Dodgers were far more aggressive in pursuing the star first baseman.
The Braves did a nice job this winter building a team that can win games moving forward. Acquiring Matt Olson and locking him up for the next eight years is a truly good move on paper. But in the end, it is difficult to get around the fact that Freeman’s recent comments on the offseason situation are not a good look for the organization. Freeman was a crucial part of Atlanta’s World Series victory in 2021 and was a fan favorite for many years with the team.
The Braves are going to win a lot of baseball games this season, but so are Freddie Freeman’s Dodgers. And you would have to imagine that after being blindsided by the Braves lack of interest, he may have some added motivation in a potential postseason matchup with his former team. There is no question that when Atlanta and Los Angeles face off this season it is going to be must-watch baseball.