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The Atlanta Braves are overwhelming favorites to re-sign Freddie Freeman. But if they balk at the asking price, they’ll have plenty of competition.
The starting point for Freeman will be upwards of five-to-six years, and perhaps $25 million per season. Considering Freeman is 32 years old and showing no sign of decline, the Braves will have to meet that price point if they’re to bring back their franchise player. That’s just how the open market works in 2021.
Freeman had a WAR of 4.7 last season, and his defensive metrics suggest he’s getting slightly worse at first base. Nonetheless, at the plate he’s one of the more electric players at his position, and should he become available (and I mean really available, not just in theory), he will find a new home very quickly.
Last season, Freeman slashed .300/.393/.503, and made the All-Star team. He likely won’t repeat as an MVP, but he still has that kind of range in terms of the awards list any given season.
Freddie Freeman rumors: Where else could he sign?
5. New York Yankees
Before Braves fans completely lose their cool, the Yankees are on this list primarily because of fit, rather than purely financials.
New York has a need at first base, with Anthony Rizzo hitting free agency and Luke Voit’s future in the air. Freeman would be a major upgrade, and would put up massive numbers with the short porch in right field.
A left-handed batter who can be relied upon defensively, Freeman hits for reliable contact and power, plus brings the kind of leadership and bravado necessary to play in New York. If he were actually made available and Brian Cashman didn’t take a swing, fans in the Bronx might revolt.