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Freddie Freeman to the Toronto Blue Jays is starting to pick up some serious steam.
Since the Braves traded for Oakland Athletics first baseman and Atlanta area native Matt Olson, Freeman has almost certainly played his last game in front of Braves Country. Though he has long been tied to teams like the Los Angeles Dodgers and the New York Yankees, there is a growing belief the Blue Jays could swoop in and land the perennial All-Star first baseman in free agency.
Toronto was able to pry George Springer away from the Houston Astros last offseason.
While it is easy for younger Canadian baseball fans to forget who Carlos Baerga is, a Cleveland baseball legend and the man who flied out to Marquis Grissom in Game 6 of the 1995 Fall Classic, the former All-Star infielder has been pretty accurate with his predictions over on Instagram.
If we want to really tinfoil hat it here, check out who responded to the Instagram post with a hush emoji: Lourdes Gurriel Jr. of the Blue Jays!
Toronto is a good team ready to win now, but why would Freeman go north of the border?
Freddie Freeman free agency rumors: All-Star 1B to Blue Jays heating up
The biggest connection Freeman has to the Blue Jays is that he has dual citizenship. His parents are Canadian and Freeman has played for the Canadian national team. While going to Toronto would require the Freemans to relocate to another country, it would be a way to expand his brand to some degree internationally. Of course, this would be the best bad outcome for Braves fans.
Freeman may be a Southern California native, but it would be beyond soul-crushing to see him play for the Braves’ NL rival Dodgers. If he were to go to the Yankees, his beard would have to be destroyed and nobody would enjoy this move except for fans of the Bronx Bombers. But if he were to go to the Blue Jays, it may not hurt as much for the Atlanta faithful. Go build a winner in Canada!
Ultimately, it is a damn shame Freeman was unable to finish his playing career with the Braves. He was the perfect person to serve as the face of the franchise, a role he did a marvelous job occupying for nearly a decade. Freeman played through an awful rebuild for three seasons and came out on the other side of it as a league MVP and a World Series champion. It really is over.
If Freeman were to sign with the Blue Jays, it would be an absolutely jaw-dropping transaction.