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Dodgers Hot Stove: Freddie Freeman Top of Mind for LA Front Office



Baseball is back and so is free agency. After a 99-day hiatus due to the MLB lockout, free agency has officially resumed. The major storyline still hasn’t changed when it comes to free agency: the Dodgers are a legitimate player in the Freddie Freeman sweepstakes.

MLB Network’s Jon Morosi provided the latest Freeman update on Thursday evening.

This is a complete aggregation, but “sincere” interest from the Dodgers hints that team president Andrew Friedman and general manager Brandon Gomes have likely already made contact with Freeman. 

Revisiting the Freeman Rumors

While the entire league was in a holding pattern, plenty of Freeman news spilled out. Braves Hall-of-Famer Chipper Jones stated that the first baseman is likely “frustrated” with the Braves not signing him prior to the December 1st lockout. The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reported that Freeman leaving Atlanta is a “real possibility” and LA could land him with “the right offer”. ESPN’s Buster Olney provided an agent’s insight into what a Freddie-to-LA deal could look like. There’s been a constant stream of chatter about Freeman possibly leaving Atlanta.

Current Dodgers first baseman Max Muncy added fuel to the fire last week by strongly supporting the idea of LA signing Freeman.

“I think it’s awesome. imagine how dangerous we’d be if we get him in that lineup. It makes me really excited. Yeah, maybe it’s not as much first base but that’s ok because I think I’ve said several times I enjoy playing second base more.”

To be clear, the Dodgers landing Freeman is far from a sure thing. The Yankees, and even the Braves, are still very much in play. Toronto is rumored to be interested and, in a bizarre twist, the Rays reportedly offered him a deal before the lockout.

The rest of the league isn’t going to sit idly by and watch the 2020 NL MVP waltz over to the Dodgers.

It might be a knock-down, drag-out fight for Freeman’s services, but history shows if the Dodgers want to win the fight, they will.

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