The Atlanta Braves have had a chance to keep Freddie Freeman all along and make him a Brave for life. And they have filed to do so.
You’d think after the postseason that Freeman had for Atlanta, in which, he hand delivered the franchise a World Series trophy last month, the Braves would essentially write Freeman a blank check and tell him to fill in the amount.
Yet, the Braves are playing hardball with Freeman, as he already rejected a five-year offer and Atlanta hasn’t been willing to go to a sixth year, which is dangerous.
Why? The New York Yankees are still involved.
A few weeks ago, the Yankees met with Freeman, but we all had expected Freeman to rejoin the Braves. But that hasn’t happened yet.
Meanwhile in New York, the Yankees still have an opening at first base. They aren’t any closer to trading for Matt Olson and Anthony Rizzo hasn’t re-signed yet. Thus, their continued interest in Freeman.
The Yankees should pounce. Whether it’s before the lockout or once it ends. Make Freeman a “Godfather type offer.” That’s right, one he can’t refuse.
The Yankees should sign Freeman to a six-year, $204 million deal. Blow away the six-year, $180 million he’s apparently looking for. Freddie Freeman is a former MVP who should be paid like one.
The Yankees can do it. And if the Braves want to play chicken with their former MVP, then they can watch him play at Yankee Stadium to finish his Hall of Fame career.