It’s no secret that the Dodgers are in on the chase for first baseman Freddie Freeman. Freeman’s free agency has been well covered by media outlets this offseason, and this website is no different.
According to experts, the sticking point in LA signing Freeman is the perceived reluctance of the Dodgers signing the 32-year-old corner infielder to the six-year contract he reportedly desires.
Yet, Andrew Friedman is a problem solver. His solution when it comes to superstar free agents has been to offer shorter deals with substantially higher average annual value (AAV). This approach was taken with outfielder Bryce Harper and pitcher Trevor Bauer.
One agent ballparked what a Dodgers contract offer to Freeman could look like in a recent article by ESPN’s Buster Olney.
“’But a shorter term deal that’s really lucrative — I could see that,’ said one agent, positing a four-year, $140 million contract as more workable for L.A.”
Earlier this year, ESPN’s Alden González also doubted that the Dodgers would sign Freeman to a six-year deal, but could propose an attractive shorter term contract.
“It’s hard to see them going six years for Freeman. Their hope, if their budget allows, would probably be to sway him with higher salaries on a shorter deal.”
Olney’s reporting backed up González’s January take.
“Some agents believe Andrew Friedman, the head of baseball operations for L.A., would never devote a six-year deal to a first baseman entering the back half of his career.”
Freeman could serve as an incredible replacement for shortstop Corey Seager’s left-handed, who signed with Texas this offseason.
In 13 seasons in Atlanta, Freeman produced a .893 OPS and has average 28 home runs and 97 RBI per season.
Free agents can negotiate with teams once the new CBA has been completed.
In short, this won’t be the last of the Freeman-Dodgers saga.
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