Dodgers land Freeman on 6-year, $162M deal

Posted: 18/03/2022 in MLB
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The Los Angeles Dodgers and first baseman Freddie Freeman agreed to a six-year, $162-million deal, according to ESPN’s Kiley McDaniel and Jeff Passan.

Freeman doesn’t have an opt-out or no-trade clause in the pact, reports Jon Heyman of MLB Network.

The Southern California native said goodbye to the Atlanta Braves, where he spent the first 12 seasons of his career, via an Instagram post with his family on Wednesday.

The Boston Red Sox had recently been tied to the 32-year-old, while there was conjecture that the Toronto Blue Jays also remained a potential suitor.

The World Series-champion Braves replaced Freeman after he hit free agency this winter, trading for former Oakland Athletics first baseman Matt Olson on Monday. The A’s received four prospects, headlined by outfielder Cristian Pache and catcher Shea Langeliers. Atlanta announced an eight-year, $168-million extension for Olson the following day.

Atlanta offered $140 million over five seasons, but Freeman was looking for the extra year, according to Heyman. He added that the Tampa Bay Rays offered a six-year, $150-million pact for the slugger.

The five-time All-Star owns a career .295/.384/.509 triple-slash line with 271 career homers and 941 RBIs. Since breaking into the majors in 2010, Freeman ranks fourth among first basemen by FanGraphs WAR, behind only Joey VottoPaul Goldschmidt, and Miguel Cabrera.

Los Angeles, which will now benefit from the addition of the designated hitter in the National League, can now rotate Freeman and Max Muncy between first-base and DH duties while also potentially playing Muncy at second base and sending Chris Taylor to the outfield if needed.

Last year marked the first time since 2012 that the Dodgers didn’t win the NL West, winding up second and as the top wild-card seed with 106 wins. With Freeman, the club will look to retake the division from its historic rival, the San Francisco Giants, who posted a franchise-record 107 wins last year. The three-time Silver Slugger is now joined by fellow MVPs Mookie Betts and Cody Bellinger in a stacked lineup that also includes Muncy, Taylor, Justin Turner, Trea Turner, Will Smith, and AJ Pollock.

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