Braves worst-case Freddie Freeman scenario is playing out before their eyes

Freddie Freeman, Atlanta Braves. (Photo by Megan Varner/Getty Images)
Freddie Freeman, Atlanta Braves. (Photo by Megan Varner/Getty Images) /

The Atlanta Braves could be some of the biggest losers after the MLB lockout ends, with reports indicating that Freddie Freeman isn’t happy. 

As soon as the Braves won the World Series, first baseman Freddie Freeman instantly became one of the most desirable free agents, and Atlanta fans were clamoring for the franchise to bring him back.

Four months later, negotiations between Freeman and the Braves have stalled due to the lockout, and it seems their relationship is on the verge of blowing up in the offseason. The Braves are competing for Oakland A’s first baseman Matt Olson, whose price has only gone up in the ensuing months, while the Braves are unable to even discuss options with Freeman.

The optics of pursuing Olson while Freeman has yet to make a decision doesn’t help the fact that there is a “growing belief” that Freeman won’t sign with the Braves, according to Buster Olney.

Olney revealed that the Braves offered a five-year deal worth $135 million, but Freeman turned that down in hopes of landing a six-year contract.

Braves: Freddie Freeman rumors don’t sound good

However, Hal Steinbrenner’s spending history indicates that Freeman’s desired $180 million contract would be too large for the Yankees to take on. Also, the Yankees currently have Luke Voit at first base, while Anthony Rizzo remains a free agent.

With the Yankees likely out, it’s a wonder who will splurge for Freeman and give him the contract he wants at this point. That being said, the lockout has only widened the gap between players and owners, so it’s entirely possible that Freeman will hold out until one wealthy MLB player pays him what he feels he is valued.

If it’s possible to put a price tag on a World Series win, it’s well beyond $180 million. As long as Freeman’s deal doesn’t compromise the rest of his team, the Braves would be well-advised to find a way to make it work.

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