By Adam Thompson | | 3 mins
Freddie Freeman Next Team Odds: Dodgers Looking Most Likely
In the last four seasons, Freddie Freeman has led MLB in hits, doubles (twice), runs scored (twice), games and at bats. He won the National League Most Valuable Player Award in 2020 and led the Atlanta Braves to a World Series title in 2021 – earning World Series MVP in the process.
Now he’s a free agent, and there is a possibility he won’t be in Atlanta when the season begins on April 7. Freeman, 32, is no spring chicken. But his best years are recent and he’s arguably the most coveted hitter on the market.
He also wants six years in his next contract, at $30 million annually. Atlanta has balked at those demands, especially the sixth year. That has opened the door for other teams.
Freddie Freeman 2022 Team Odds
|New York Yankees||+250|
|Toronto Blue Jays||+950|
|Los Angeles Angels||+1400|
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The Braves acquired All-Star first baseman Matt Olson from the Oakland Athletics on Monday. That doesn’t necessarily take them out of the running for Freeman – with the designated hitter coming to the National League, that opens up possibilities to add another hitter that otherwise wouldn’t have a place in the lineup. But cost-wise, it appears as though the Braves may have moved on.
Freeman has personal connections to many of these teams. He grew up in Orange County, California as an Angels fan, and may relish the chance to head back west where he grew up, for the Angels or Dodgers, or the big-spending Padres. His parents are from Ontario, Canada, and Freeman is a dual-citizen.
Thanks to the DH addition to the NL, having Max Muncy and Freeman on the same team can work for the Dodgers. Certainly, they have no problems paying for top-tier talent.
The Yankees make a lot of sense from a first base standpoint, and they always have the money to make a splash in free agency. Imagine Freeman in the middle of a lineup that already includes Giancarlo Stanton, Aaron Judge and Gleyber Torres, among others.
He’d be a final-piece type of addition for the Blue Jays as well, to go alongside Vladimir Guerrero Jr., George Springer and Bo Bichette. It remains to be seen if Toronto would shell out the funds to offer what Freeman is requesting but it is an exciting propsect for fans with Ontario sports betting on the horizon. The Rays are reportedly very interested in Freeman, too.
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