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Dodgers: Drama with Freddie Freeman’s Agent Finally Resolved

Back in late June, as armchair psychologists masquerading as sportswriters diagnosed Freddie Freeman with all sorts of emotional disorders because he had the audacity to develop strong bonds with the city of Atlanta over the course of 15 years, a new wrinkle emerged in the seemingly endless drama related to Freeman’s abrupt departure from the Braves.

Doug Gottlieb, a former college basketball player and current basketball pundit, somehow got a “scoop” on alleged misconduct on the part of Casey Close, whom Freeman had fired as his agent the day before.

In a since-deleted tweet, Gottlieb said:

“Casey Close never told Freddie Freeman about the Braves final offer, that is why Freeman fired him. He found out in Atlanta this weekend. It isn’t that rare to have happen in MLB, but it happened – Close knew Freddie would have taken the ATL deal.”

Close, whose reputation is pretty important to him as an agent, filed a lawsuit against Gottlieb two weeks later, saying the pundit had “falsely and recklessly” defamed him.

And that was where we stood for nearly two months, until today, when Gottlieb admitted to having falsely and recklessly defaming Close.

Close, for his part, seems to be taking the high road, saying that with Gottlieb’s retraction and apology, “we consider this matter closed.”

In summary, a bunch of lawyers wrote a lot of words to say “Sorry, I screwed up” and “No biggie, all’s well that ends well.” Hopefully there are some lessons learned on Gottlieb’s side about verifying your source before you slander a high-powered attorney, and there’s definitely a lesson for all of us about believing someone just because he has a radio show entirely unrelated to the subject he’s blathering about.

But most importantly, Freddie Freeman is having the time of his life playing for the best team in baseball in Los Angeles.

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Jeff Snider

Jeff was born into a Dodgers family in Southern California and is now raising a Dodgers family of his own in Utah. During his previous career as an executive at a technology company, he began writing about baseball in his spare time. After leaving corporate America in 2014, he started doing it professionally. Jeff wrote and edited for Baseball Essential for years before joining Dodgers Nation. He's also the co-host of the Locked On Dodgers podcast, a daily podcast that brings the smart fan's perspective on our Boys in Blue. Jeff has a degree in English from Brigham Young University. Favorite Player: Clayton Kershaw Favorite Moment: Kirk Gibson's homer will always have a place, but Kershaw's homer on Opening Day 2013 might be the winner.


  1. The Hollywood Dodgers are the best team money can buy. Take away the All Star free agents and what have you got? Lucky to make the post season. They have been trying to buy the World Series trophy every year for over a decade and they struggle because of karma! Hillariously pathetic orgainization.

    The Los Angeles Dodgers opened the season with an all-time-high $310.6 million payroll for purposes of the luxury tax and are on track to pay a record tax of nearly $47 million, according to figures compiled by Major League Baseball.

    1. Sir. The only big signing in the Dodger clubhouse is Freeman, and he doesn’t even touch $200 million, which is a bargain today’s MLB market. The Dodgers gave up Alex Verdugo for Mookie Betts, so it cost them something valuable. The players with huge contracts are players developed in their farm system or had been DFA’d, and signed to be Utility Role Players. Explain yourself better.

  2. Here’s what we know for sure. With Freddie Freeman, the Dodgers have the best top of the batting order threesome in the history of baseball. Will Smith is more than holding his own in the 4 spot. JT is finally starting to hit like JT. And Muncy has hit three home runs in the last two games. The Dodgers could be very solid for the postseason if this continues. Maybe Taylor will find his stroke too.

    1. I truly hope the best for CT3; that would see him make the post season roster. But if he can’t find it……..
      As for Belli, until he truly listens to his coaches, he’s useless. Defense is great but his bat is a black hole. Needs to start looking for a better approach/stance at the plate

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