October 7, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman (5) celebrates after he scores a run in the fourth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers in game four of the National League divisional series playoff baseball game at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

Atlanta Braves Sign Freddie Freeman


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The Atlanta Braves lock down their stud first baseman, Freddie Freeman, to an 8-year $135 million dollar deal.  This is the largest contract to date for the Braves, the largest before this was Chipper Jones‘ six-year, $90 million extension for 2001-2006.

Freeman’s contract looks to have an average annual value of $16.875M.

The 24-year-old should now step right into the shoes of the face and leader of Atlanta’s organization….and rightfully so.

This signing of Freeman is unlike the Braves reputation (16th in the majors in payroll) but it does say that they are going all in to win a World Series in the next couple years.

Freeman and his hug love showed his support back to the fans on twitter Tuesday night.

 

 

Remember last Tuesday??….Freddie was stuck in his car during one of the worst traffic jams Atlanta has seen and Chipper came to rescue him.  Now with this contract, Freddie can probably offer some thanks to Chipper (which I’m sure he could before) and/or get some snow tires.

 

 

 

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  • Lee Trocinski

    With about $25M coming in his 3 arbitration years, it looks like he’ll be at $22M a year from ’17-’21. That is about market value for a 3.5-4 WAR player like Freeman, so I guess there wasn’t much of a hometown discount here.

    • Joseph Fain

      That is the market value NOW. You have to assume that player salaries will continue to escalate and that this will look like a very teem friendly deal (or at least not a ripoff) in the out years.

  • fireboss

    I was much abused by “experts” when I suggested that to sign Jason long term would take a six digit contract. As I recall I was told there was no precedent for such a figure. I await their fileting of the Braves for this signing.
    Speaking of Jason, the MLB tonight folks said giving him 13.3 over two was a message that he needed to get his act together and they would offer him similar numbers. That proves again that national “experts” don;’t pay a lot of attention to the Braves who offered Jason a longer term deal last year and he refused to discuss it. I suspect the two year deal with him was simply to keep all the conjecture about extensions at bay in his remaining time in ATL as well as providing payroll certainty of course.

    • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

      1. Agree: that take from MLB Network is ludicrous. First off, the Braves will not be able to offer similar numbers. It just won’t be possible. Something more modest? That’s actually possible – as I wrote yesterday (before the Big Deal happened), I think that Heyward coming together with Atlanta for 2 year deal is a very encouraging sign that they are willing to work together. And they just gave themselves more time to do so… perhaps once Justin is done (after 2015).

      2. My “official” guess on the size of this deal was around 5 years and $70m … because the Braves don’t do monstrous, long term contracts. They almost doubled my guess. But Freddie is our version of Joey Votto… and they clearly stepped up to pay him like that.

  • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

    Jan 19 – he gets engaged
    Jan 28 – he gets rescued by Chipper
    Feb 4 – he signs a monstrous contract
    Sounds like a career year… and the season hasn’t even started.

  • Matthew Jones

    As my wife said last night when I told her about his new contract: Freddie Freakin’ Freeman. :D

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