With each passing day, a bit more seems to be emerging about the current state of Freddie Freeman’s future. This information is not anything new or that is not already known, but it also seems to be sensible information as to why an agreement is not in place yet. The new development from Tuesday is that the term of the contract may be even more critical to getting something done than the actual amount.
Last heard 6th year was still at issue in Freeman/Braves talks but situation is fluid and they’ve still got to be considered the favorite. Meanwhile, other teams are showing interest in the great Brave.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) November 16, 2021
While the overall amount of the contract in terms of dollars is the more headline-grabbing aspect of any potential deal, the length of the contract also matters in Freeman’s case. Both the Braves and Freeman have a legitimate reason to either want or hesitate from giving that sixth year. For Freeman, its having as much security for as long as possible that is much deserved. For the Braves, its avoiding giving too much future payroll to a player who will likely decline midway through the contract.
The age 33 to 34 regression cliff for first baseman is clearly a real and valid trend in baseball. Albert Pujols, Miguel Cabrera, and Joey Votto received big extensions that will take or have taken them through their 30s, and each contract has looked like a clear mistake multiple times in recent years. However, when it comes to Freeman, his situation is simply not one that Atlanta should take a stance on to correct market trends. He deserves more than the Paul Goldschmidt extension, and for the player and person that he is, that matters as well. Plus, for the Braves, its not as if they are committing to Freddie for the next decade. If six years is the term, Freddie will likely remain somewhat productive into his late 30s.
While common sense must exist on many levels, the most prevalent level is the one that highlights the Braves are looking to win more World Series titles in the near future, and Freeman is a big boost to those efforts. There is more than enough reason to get the deal done with that sixth year, and hopefully trusting time and talent will work everything out for the best.
- Over at MLBTradeRumors.com, a deeper look into the Freddie Freeman contract situation brings a lot of sense to light.
- CBSSports.com looks at who could be the most sensible suitors for Freeman if he does not return to Atlanta.
- Another day, another Braves player receiving deserved recognition. Jorge Soler’s Game 6 home run was recognized as MLB’s legendary moment in 2021.
- Demetrius Bell details a major reason why the Braves invested in Manny Pina: no more three month stretches of horrible production from catchers.
- Tuesday certainly was full of big MLB news. The Toronto Blue Jays made sure they had an anchor for their rotation for many years to come, agreeing to a seven year, $131M dollar extension with Jose Berrios.
- Another pitcher with ace level talent also found a new home today, and its out of the NL East. Noah Syndergaard signed a one year, $21M dollar deal with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. The Angels need pitching, and they got one with plenty of potential on a prove it deal.
- Gabe Kapler of the Giants and Kevin Cash of the Rays were named Mangers of the Year.
- Major Markets could be in stacking up against each other for the services of Corey Seager.
- Speaking of major markets, the Red Sox could have interest in Javier Baez , while the Yankees also appear to be interested in Matt Olson.