Mind Made Up? Freddie Freeman Turns Down $135m Offer From Atlanta Braves

Published 11/13/2021, 8:45 PM EST
Nov 5, 2021; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman waves to the crowd during the World Series championship rally at Truist Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports


Over the years, first baseman Freddie Freeman grew from being a regular feature at the Atlanta Braves to the face of the franchise. After a decade of trying, the 32-year-old finally got his hands on the coveted World Series title this year, when the Braves beat the Houston Astros in six games earlier this month.

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However, the victory turned bittersweet for Freeman. While he added a World Series title to his honors, he also became a free agent for the first time since joining the Braves. Although he remains confident of re-signing, reports reveal he rejected the Braves’ first offer.

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Freddie Freeman rejects Atlanta Braves’ first offer to re-sign

In 2014, Freeman signed a massive eight-year, $135million extension following his first four seasons with the Braves. During that period, the 32-year-old produced stellar performances at the plate, recording regular runs and stacking up individual honors.

During his final regular season under contract, Freeman scored his career-best 120 runs and recorded 83 RBI. In addition, 31 of his 120 runs were home runs, showing the asset he was to the Braves.

He continued his form in the postseason, scoring 10 runs and 11 RBI in 16 games en route to winning the World Series. He also picked up his third Silver Slugger Award in a row for his exploits in 2021.

Nov 2, 2021; Houston, TX, USA; Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman (middle) celebrates after defeating the Houston Astros in game six of the 2021 World Series at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Although he recently stated his heart lied with the Braves, contract negotiations with him suffered a recent roadblock. Reports reveal Freeman rejected the Braves’ initial attempt at re-signing him, which was valued at $135million for five years.

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Will Freeman stay with the Braves in 2022?

Although the Braves’ deal gives him a higher annual salary than his previous contract, it seems the 32-year-old is holding out for more money. Should that be his endgame, it seems justified given his incredible statistics and loyalty to the franchise.

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Nov 2, 2021; Houston, TX, USA; Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman (5) celebrates after forcing out Houston Astros first baseman Yuli Gurriel (10) for the final out in game six of the 2021 World Series at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Shea-USA TODAY Sports

It’s hard to see Freeman even consider signing for another MLB franchise, let alone join them. However, if the Braves don’t improve their deal, it’s likely we could see the end of the 32-year-old’s time with the only franchise he played for in his MLB career.

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Sanket Nair

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Sanket Nair is an F1 & US Sports Author at EssentiallySports. He began following F1 since 2010, which made him an instant Sebastian Vettel fan. His favorite tracks on the calendar include Spa-Francorchamps, Monaco and Monza.

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