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Carlos Correa hired Scott Boras as an agent, perhaps resetting the market as a whole. What does this mean for Freddie Freeman?
Correa’s decision impacts the entire free agent landscape, at least when such a landscape can be explored. Boras is the most well-known agent in all of baseball for a reason, and his clients don’t fall short of contract expectations.
There’s a reason Correa made such a call — he’s afraid he’ll fall short of said contract expectations, which for now remain at a higher mark than Corey Seager, who received a 10-year, $325 million deal from the Texas Rangers pre-lockout.
So, what does this mean for Freeman, who besides Correa is probably the top player available?
Braves: Freddie Freeman’s free agency impacted by Carlos Correa
Freeman was unwilling to take a hometown discount from the Braves to begin with — which was well within his right — but now there is virtually no chance. If Correa lands a contract in the $330 million – $350 million range, Freeman cannot back down from his demands of six years and $180 million.
Another possible domino to fall is that the Los Angeles Dodgers are not made of money. Despite losing a player like Seager this offseason, and potentially Trea Turner next offseason, the Dodgers could have to choose between chasing Correa or Freeman.
With Freeman more likely to return to Atlanta, pulling out of his free agent chase makes far more sense. Correa is favored to leave Houston, in part because he hasn’t received a competitive offer and is a younger player. Not to mention, if the Dodgers do lose Trea Turner next offseason, having Correa in place is more favorable.
Freeman is not repped by Boras, and there’s nothing suggesting he would switch sides at this juncture. But Correa’s lockout agent decision still impacts both the Braves and their star first baseman, and for good reason.