The way that Freddie Freeman was handled by the Braves will be talked about for a very long time. The face of the franchise for so long, Atlanta went almost completely silent in his free agency bidding. That led to the Dodgers swooping in and bringing him out west.
Freeman spoke in-depth about that process in his introductory press conference with the Dodgers. He added that he was blindsided by the Braves’ approach and that he fully expected to play in Atlanta for his entire career.
But one guy does not agree with Freddie and the way that he left Atlanta. Chipper Jones went off on the whole process, saying that Freddie should have taken less money to play for a team that he is comfortable with. But the Dodgers did offer more, and fully communicated with him.
“I do not agree with the way that this was handled on Freddie’s side. If you want to play in Atlanta, you play in Atlanta. You maybe take a little less to be happy and play in a place that is comfortable for you. The second that Freddie told me that he rejected the 5 for $135 [million] after the All-Star break, I told him, ‘You’re playing a very dangerous game. You go out on the free agent market, you get courted by all the pretty girls that are on the block, chances are, you’re not gonna come back. If you take your time waiting on that six-year [deal] into January, [Atlanta] has a job to do.'”
It’s a pretty awful take from Chipper. Freddie said several times how there was little to no communication from the Braves, and it was starting to feel like he just wasn’t wanted there. Compared to how the Dodgers treated him during free agency, the choice should’ve been easy.
Why would a player want to play for a team that makes no effort to sign him? Freddie had his choice of teams, as he should, being the player that he is. The Braves also went out and traded for Matt Olson, ending any possibility of bringing him back before he even signed with the Dodgers.
That’s a tough look Chipper.
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