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Dodgers make major Freddie Freeman move amid Yankees, Braves interest

Freddie Freeman, Mookie Betts, Cody Bellinger, Dodgers

Now that Major League Baseball is back in business following the end of the lockout, free agency is in full swing. One of the hottest names on the market is 2021 World Series champion Freddie Freeman, who is likely to leave the Atlanta Braves after an illustrious career with the organization. While many teams have shown interest in the slugger, including the Yankees, the Los Angeles Dodgers just made a serious move to try and lure Freeman in.

Per Jon Morosi of the MLB Network, the Dodgers have offered the veteran a multiyear deal:

Morosi also noted the talks are “intensifying” between the two sides and that a deal could be done within 24 hours:

It’s really not a surprise to see the Dodgers closing in on Freeman, who is seeking a six-year contract. LA has boatloads of money and the type of star power that would attract the 32-year-old, who also grew up in California. The Braves actually offered Freeman a five-year deal worth $135 million, but it was evidently not to his liking.

Freeman was absolutely brilliant for Atlanta last season and would be a massive addition to an already scary Dodgers lineup. The 2020 NL MVP hit .300 with 31 homers and 83 RBIs while slashing over .300 in the postseason en route to his first World Series title.

It’s unknown if LA did offer him that six-year contract he’s looking for, but considering the talks are heating up, you’d assume the franchise is willing to give Freeman what he wants. The first basemen would be 39 in the final year of an extension like that, but he isn’t showing any signs of decline.

At this rate, the Dodgers may have him locked up by Friday evening. Plus, with the universal DH now, this is a perfect fit for Dave Roberts’ squad.