Freddy Freeman It has agreed terms with the Los Angeles Dodgers over a six-year, $162 million deal, sources told ESPN’s Jeff Bassan and Kelly McDaniel.
Freeman, 32, reached free agency for the first time in his career after helping the Atlanta Braves win their first world championship since 1995 with a six-game win over the Houston Astros. During his twelfth season in the Major League, he made his first man base .300 (eighth in the National League), with 31 Homers, 83 RBI, and 120 leading points in the NL.
Freeman’s deal has the second highest average annual value ($27 million) ever for a first baseman (behind him Miguel CabreraAn eight-year deal with the Detroit Tigers that has an average annual value of $31 million), the seventh richest deal by total value in the position.
Freeman’s access to free agency came as a bit of a surprise to a player who has long been lauded as the face of the Atlanta franchise. The Braves surveyed him as such, and inked him on an eight-year $135 million extension in 2014 to serve as a cornerstone player for the franchise through rebuilding.
Atlanta lost 90 games or more for three consecutive seasons before coming out as a contender in 2018. Under Freeman’s leadership, the Braves have since won four consecutive Premier League titles, culminating in last season’s championship.
After the World Championships, Freeman’s contract expired and his qualification bid ($18.4 million) was extended by the Braves. As expected, Freeman declined the offer and became a free agent.
Freeman earned free agency with one of the game’s most brilliant resumes. He is a career hitter of .295, with 271 teammates out of 1,704 of his career successes. Both hits and hoists rank among the top 10 career marks in Braves history. Only Chipper Jones and Dale Murphy have collected more hit songs for the Braves since the franchise moved to Atlanta in 1966.
Freeman has made five NL All-Star teams, won a Gold Glove in 2018, won a Silver Slugger at first base for NL in each of the past three seasons and finished in the top ten in the NL MVP vote six times. In 2020, Freeman was named NL MVP after making his 341st career best during the shortened campaign of the pandemic.
The brave chose Freeman in the second round of the 2007 draft. Born and raised in Southern California, although his parents were born in Canada, he holds dual citizenship.
ESPN’s Bradford Doolittle contributed to this report.
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