Freddie Freeman signs record-breaking $162M deal with LA Dodgers
A former Atlanta Braves player, Freddie Freeman is now the highest first baseman in the Major Baseball League. After agreeing to a six-year contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers, he is now playing for a $162 million deal. Reliable sources told ESPN on Wednesday night.
For the first time in his 12-year career, Freddie Freeman entered free agency. This is following the Braves’ first World Series victory since 1995. They won a six-game battle with the Houston Anos. With 31 homers, leading 120 runs, and 83 RBIs, Freeman hits .300 on his 12th big league season.
It is a win-win situation for both Freeman and the Los Angeles Dodgers. Freeman is beaming with achievements, one of which is being named as the NL MVP in 2020. He was given the title after hitting a career-high of .341 during the pandemic-shortened games. Aside from the NL MVP title, he also has completed five NL All-Star teams.
Freddie is off to LA!
Freddie Freeman, Dodgers reportedly agree to a 6-year deal, per https://t.co/Z3s2EpgF39's @mlbbowman. pic.twitter.com/L82evs0J9g
— MLB (@MLB) March 17, 2022
Freddie Freeman, 32, and an Orange County native also won a Gold Glove in 2018 and a Silver Slugger award at first base for the NL in the last three seasons. On top of all this, he also ended up in the Top 10 of NL MVP balloting six times.
Freddie Freeman stakes
In addition, spending that huge gives the Dodgers an edge with four former MVPs on their team. With Freeman on the line, Cody Bellinger, Betts, and Clayton Kershaw. With the Dodger’s estimation of having the top three hitters, they now have three of the six best odds to win NL MVP. While L.A. was already the top bet to win the World Series with 6-1 odds, the odds dropped to 5-1 after news of Freeman’s agreement broke out.
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Moreover, this agreement with the Los Angeles Dodgers was their third placement for a $100 million contract. The first multi-million deal was with Mookie Betts in 2020 and Trevor Bauer in 2021. The Dodgers have given out such a massive deal for three years straight now. Although Freeman is the first-ever infielder but 7th player overall to be offered a $100 million agreement with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
For a first baseman, Freeman’s contract now has the second-highest annual value at $27 million. This is following Miguel Cabrera’s eight-year deal with the Detroit Tigers worth $31 million annually. Freeman’s current deal makes him the seventh richest by overall value at that position.
Although Freeman was looking to return to the Atlanta Braves after sealing the team’s World Series victory. However, the two weren’t clear on reaching an agreement before Freeman’s lockout took place. When the Braves signed an agreement with Athletics’ Matt Olson, it set Freeman’s fate. With a disheartened disposition, he bid the Braves goodbye. He also addressed the fans on his Instagram post.