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Dodgers Insider Confirms LA is Engaged in Talks with Freddie Freeman

It’s not often that you can lose one of the top hitting position players in baseball in an offseason and still have an opportunity to come out on top. However, that’s where the Dodgers find themselves this winter. 

Corey Seager is gone. The shortstop signed a massive 10-year, $325 million deal to join the Texas Rangers. But the hot stove rumor mill is already working on a replacement for LA. The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal, among others, have linked the Dodgers to free agent first baseman Freddie Freeman in recent weeks. And those rumors have heated up since Seager took the money and ran.

Yesterday, Jon Heyman reported that the Dodgers “may have the best hope” in luring the Orange County native out of Atlanta. But AM570 host Dave Vassegh took it a bit further, revealing that Dodger players are pushing hard for Freeman in the post-Seager era.

“The one thing that has occurred since Corey Seager has agreed to sign with the Texas Rangers. The Dodgers have now pivoted toward Orange County’s own Freddie Freeman. … I had Dodger players immediately — I had three different Dodger players of significance text me after Seager’s news was announced, ‘Freddie Freeman. Freddie Freeman. Freddie Freeman.'”

 

Of course, it’s a fairly normal thing to have players want their team to sign one of the best free agents on the open market after losing a top player. But, according to Vassegh, there are more teeth to this than just hope.

“They are engaged in talks right now. And what makes this all the more interesting is, Freddie Freeman, from my understanding, talking to people close to him, he has grown very impatient with the Atlanta Braves. Because the Atlanta Braves were taking the strategy of wait and see where the market goes before offering him a contract. So, to my knowledge, the Braves have not offered Freddie Freeman any sort of contract which has made him grow very impatient. And, when a door closes, there’s another one that opens and Andrew Friedman usually steps right through it.

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Freeman would allow the Dodgers to get creative and possibly move Max Muncy from first base to second base and sign Freeman to play first while Trea Turner takes over at shortstop. The 32-year-old has been one of the top sluggers in baseball since he made his debut back in 2010. Moreover, he has as good of a bat or better than Seager and — the big kicker — he stays healthy and on the field more often than not. Freeman has played in 147 games or more in 8 of his 11 full MLB seasons (one of which was the shortened 60 game season).

If the Dodgers pulled off a heist to acquire the 2020 NL MVP, they would almost certainly return to being World Series favorites in 2022. And if he’s only asking for $180 million over 6 years, the Dodgers should chip in a couple more and get the deal done already.

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  1. Yep, would be lovely to acquire Freeman to replace Seager’s bat. One more brick in the wall, go for it! Kris Bryant provides a backup F/A opportunity if we can’t land Freeman or we could trade for Olson or Carpenter and/or Montas, etc. but the cost in young talent would be scary.

    Whatever happens, hold your applause until we see what we have to give up to get starting pitching from the A’s or Reds, etc..

    Free Agent signings today; trades after the CBA expires. Go Dodgers!

    • Can’t believe he would leave Atlanta! They must be low-balling him at least to some degree. On the other side of things, it would be surprising to me if we approach the luxury tax level. Already been a weird off season.

  2. They’ve got 3 hours and 13 minutes as I type this. The league and players reps met today…for 7 minutes. Lockout is definitely happening.

    Hoping they sign Freeman. Bryant too, but he can likely wait til after the lockout and come cheaper.

    Freeman after Betts, Turner, and Turner? That works for me!

  3. 6 years, 180 mill… bargain w/ his WAR. Who’s his agent, because that seems low. And TY Braves if he wanted this and you didn’t gladly put that contract together.

    This seems like a long shot, but he has roots here, so who knows.

  4. Sorry, not buying it. His bat would be great, but we have first baseman. Muncy’s ok at 2nd, limited range. Lux would be better if his hitting continues to improve. That aside, we have Edwin Rios waiting to come back from surgery. Left-handed bat with power plays first and third.

  5. It won’t happen. I’m sure the FAs are thinking “I’m not signing with the Dodgers, they have that clown for a manager and all their own FAs are jumping ship to leave the circus.”

  6. LET KENLEY GO, his days are numbered …. Donnie Baseball , wore out Kenleys arm to begin with ..If i had endless money to spend as an owner .. Kenley whould be the last Pitcher i would sign. Trade Justin Turner , To Oakland .. Prospects and J.T for Matt Chapman .. Or sign Kris Briant. ITS TIME TO CHANGE PARTNERS !!! LET KERSHAW GO !!! TEXAS WANTS YOU, WE DONT !!

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