All the baseball world is on Freddie Freeman free agency watch. His longtime team, the Atlanta Braves, removed themselves from the Freeman sweepstakes yesterday after making a blockbuster trade for Oakland Athletics first baseman Matt Olson. Atlanta promptly handed Olson an eight-year, $168M contract extension after acquiring the Georgia native. Those events only added fuel to the fire when it comes to the Dodgers landing the 2020 NL MVP.
Speaking of adding fuel, the Yankees, who like the Dodgers have been continuously linked to Freeman, have seemingly taken an exit stage right as well. New York re-signed first baseman Anthony Rizzo to a two-year, $32M deal Tuesday evening according to reports.
Breaking news: Anthony Rizzo in agreement on a contract with the Yankees, pending a physical.
— Jesse Rogers (@JesseRogersESPN) March 16, 2022
In addition to the Dodgers, the Blue Jays are also rumored to be in on Freeman. Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports that the Boston Red Sox have also joined the fray.
Yankees tried hard for Freeman but have the clear impression at this point that he preferred not to come. Their fear: rival Red Sox could still land the superstar 1B
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) March 16, 2022
Heyman had previously indicated that the Rays made Freeman an offer prior to the lockout and it appears they’re in the mix again.
But, wait, there’s more! According to USA Today’s Bob Nightengale, the Padres have also gotten in on the action.
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) March 15, 2022
Current Dodger Clayton Kershaw was asked for his perspective on the Braves decision to acquire a Matt Olson.
“Obviously, it leaves Freddie kind of out there for us.”
Evidently, Dodgers players are refreshing their Twitter feeds as often as we are.
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