CONFIRMED: The Braves have signed Freddie Freeman to an eight-year deal. Mark Bowman reports that the deal is for $135 million. It averages out to $16.875 million a year, making it the largest deal in Braves history.
Freddie Freeman and the Braves have agreed to an eight-year, $135 million contract.— Mark Bowman (@mlbbowman) February 5, 2014
The Braves have agreed to terms with @FreddieFreeman5 on an eight-year contract. The contract runs through the 2021 season.— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) February 5, 2014
This is great news for the Braves, as they were set to go to arbitration with Freeman on Feb. 11, with the Braves filing at $4.5 million and Freeman at $5.75. In keeping with Jason Heyward's deal this morning, a multiyear extension will keep with the team's file-and-trial policy.
Earlier news as the story developed:
Jon Morosi is reporting that the Braves are about to announce a multiyear extension with first baseman Freddie Freeman.
Freddie Freeman and Braves close to announcing a multiyear contract extension, sources tell @Ken_Rosenthal and me.— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) February 4, 2014
UPDATE: Jon Heyman is reporting that the deal is done.
UPDATE: The deal is reportedly in the $100 million range, which probably means six-seven years.
Freddie Freeman’s extension with Braves will be for huge dollars. One source told me it is in $100 million range. @FOXSports1— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) February 4, 2014
UPDATE: Now Morosi is reporting the deal could be eight years/$125 million. Goodness.
One source said Freddie Freeman's extension could be as much as $125 million over eight years when it is done. @FOXSports1— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) February 4, 2014
UPDATE: ESPN has confirmed the reports of $125 million over eight years for Freeman.