Dodgers: Padres and Red Sox Join Freddie Freeman Chase
All the baseball world is on Freddie Freeman free agency watch. His longtime team, the Atlanta Braves, removed themselves from the Freeman sweepstakes yesterday after making a blockbuster trade for Oakland Athletics first baseman Matt Olson. Atlanta promptly handed Olson an eight-year, $168M contract extension after acquiring the Georgia native. Those events only added fuel to the fire when it comes to the Dodgers landing the 2020 NL MVP.
Speaking of adding fuel, the Yankees, who like the Dodgers have been continuously linked to Freeman, have seemingly taken an exit stage right as well. New York re-signed first baseman Anthony Rizzo to a two-year, $32M deal Tuesday evening according to reports.
Breaking news: Anthony Rizzo in agreement on a contract with the Yankees, pending a physical.
— Jesse Rogers (@JesseRogersESPN) March 16, 2022
In addition to the Dodgers, the Blue Jays are also rumored to be in on Freeman. Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports that the Boston Red Sox have also joined the fray.
Yankees tried hard for Freeman but have the clear impression at this point that he preferred not to come. Their fear: rival Red Sox could still land the superstar 1B
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) March 16, 2022
Heyman had previously indicated that the Rays made Freeman an offer prior to the lockout and it appears they’re in the mix again.
But, wait, there’s more! According to USA Today’s Bob Nightengale, the Padres have also gotten in on the action.
SD #Padres stay aggressive and enter bidding war for free agent first baseman Freddie Freeman https://t.co/Te0ZqWTxAX
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) March 15, 2022
Current Dodger Clayton Kershaw was asked for his perspective on the Braves decision to acquire a Matt Olson.
“Obviously, it leaves Freddie kind of out there for us.”
Evidently, Dodgers players are refreshing their Twitter feeds as often as we are.
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Going to have to put Freeman on the clock soon, the best LHB’s that have played 1st are disappearing, Muncy is not there yet.
Must get Freddy! He is the key to this team. If the pitching comes thru he will get us to the WS!
Dodgers must replace Seager’s bat, then get more starting pitching for them to have a chance to compete.
Yes but. Olson gone, Rizzo gone, Schwarber gone, if Freddie goes to one of the competitors where are you at? No LH bat to fill CS’s shoes, Bells can play there as well as Max, but they were in the old line up. Picking up a strong LH bat that could play first was the plan. Freddie needs to make a decision, he may need some help like 24 hours or they pull the offer.