The Los Angeles Dodgers gave Freddie Freeman a deal that will pay the first baseman what the Braves weren’t willing to give.
Rumors of Freddie Freeman considering the Dodgers are ramped up on Wednesday night, with a contract being completed in the wee hours of the morning.
According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, LA and Freeman were in “serious talks” on Wednesday night. ESPN’s Kilye McDaniel gave notice of the final contract terms past midnight.
Fans in Los Angeles had been waiting with bated breath over potential news on Freeman. This is one step closer to the deal being done.
Freddie Freeman contract details: Deal could be worth $160 million
The first baseman will come back home to Los Angeles on a six-year contract worth just over $160 million.
Freeman, who was born in southern California and played high school ball in Orange County, is 32 years old but he’s coming off an excellent 2021 season and still looks fit for helping a team win championships for the next few years.
Since numbers for a Freeman contract closer to $180 million were being thrown around, Braves fans might not be thrilled to hear he’s negotiating with the Dodgers for $20 million less.
As for the Dodgers, they’ve made it clear they will pay top dollar to bring another World Series to Los Angeles. Players like Clayton Kershaw have bought into that mentality.
Technically LA doesn’t even need a first baseman. They have Max Muncy, though he’s coming off a serious injury and may not be ready to go early in the 2022 season. By bringing in Freeman, they’ll have to move Muncy to second base. That’s something to deal with later though. The addition of Freeman, an MVP and five-time All-Star, should be worth some shuffling.