Dodgers News: Freddie Freeman the 10th Best Player in MLB Right Now
MLB Network revealed the Top 10 in their Top 100 Right Now list, and with two more Dodgers being unveiled, Los Angeles has five players on the list. One of those made the Top 10 after just one year with LA, as Freddie Freeman ranked in the 10th spot.
Freeman finished fourth in the National League MVP voting last year, and the three players ahead of him ranked fifth (Manny Machado, second in MVP), sixth (Nolan Arenado, third in MVP), and seventh (Paul Goldschmidt, MVP winner). Freeman also finished behind teammate Mookie Betts in the top 100, as Mookie placed fourth on this list after finishing fifth in the MVP voting.
Freeman’s first season in Dodger blue was outstanding. He came just one point shy of winning the NL batting title with a .325 average, and he led the league in hits (199), doubles (47), on-base percentage (.407), and runs scored (117). He also drove in 100 runs and stole a career-high 13 bases.
Freddie came over to Los Angeles just after last year’s lockout ended. He had spent his first 12 seasons with the Braves, but Atlanta didn’t want to give him a six-year contract in free agency so they traded for Matt Olson instead. After the Olson trade, Freeman quickly pivoted back home to Southern California and signed a six-year deal with the Dodgers.
LA lost some key players in the offseason, but with an offense anchored by Freeman and Betts along with newcomers JD Martinez and Miguel Vargas, the 2023 Dodgers look to not drop too far from their 111-win performance in 2022.
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