Found February 05, 2014 on The Outside Corner:
The Atlanta Braves have chosen the next face of the franchise following the 2012 retirement of Chipper Jones - and it's 24-year old first baseman Freddie Freeman. Atlanta agreed to a mammoth eight-year, $135 million contract with Freeman that will keep him a Brave through 2021, when he will be just 32-years old. Freeman's contract is the largest in team history (dwarfing Jones' six-year, $90 million contract signed in August of 2000), and also the largest in baseball for any player with less than four years of service time. Freeman's contract comes on the same day that Atlanta signed Jason Heyward to a two-year, $13.3 million deal, buying out his final two years of arbitration and seemingly suggesting that Heyward will test the free agent market after the 2015 season. I wouldn't necessarily proclaim that Heyward is surely leaving Atlanta, though - after 2015, the only contracts Atlanta has on the books are those belonging to Freeman and B.J. Upton. Dan Uggla&...
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