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&...

Does Freddie Freeman Deal Concern You?

Having become more fiscally conservative as I’ve gotten older, the Freddie Freeman long-term deal concerns me.  That isn’t a knock on Freeman, any big money contract over three years makes my toes curl. Freeman is an outstanding hitter, has power to all fields, and comes through in the clutch.  He also makes the other infielders look good with his quick glove and ability to...

Freeman humbled by biggest deal in Braves' history

Freddie Freeman says he won't try to do anything differently to prove he was deserving of the biggest contract in Atlanta Braves' history. Freeman said Wednesday his $135 million, eight-year deal shows he should simply continue on his current path to becoming one of the best first basemen. The agreement covers three arbitration-eligible seasons for the 24-year-old and five...

Freeman salary soars after Braves move to new ballpark

Freddie Freeman’s salary in the Braves first baseman’s record-breaking eight-year, $135 million contract jumps to more than $20 million annually for the last five years of the deal, coinciding with the Braves’ planned move to Cobb County. Two days after the deal was announced, details were revealed Thursday by a person familiar with the contract: Freeman gets a $2.85 million...

Braves sign Freddie Freeman to 8-year, $125 million extension

Freeman was the Braves' best offensive performer in 2013 and looks to keep improving as he enters his prime. The Atlanta Braves and first baseman Freddie Freeman have agreed to a multi-year deal, reports Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. Jon Morosi of FOX Sports first reported a deal was close. The new deal will reportedly not just buy out Freeman's arbitration years, but will...

The Freddie Freeman Deal as a Market Correction

Even a couple of days after the news broke about the Braves locking up Freddie Freeman to a $135 million contract, there remains a lot of residual skepticism about this price for a non-star player who was still three years from free agency. Yesterday I compared the deal to similar contracts signed by Ryan Braun […]

Freddie Freeman and Choosing Youth over Track Record

As the calendar has flipped to February, we are officially transitioning out of free agent season — though a few stragglers remain — and moving into extension season. With arbitration providing the nudge for teams and players to run valuations and negotiate over their differences, it’s only natural that these discussions often turn into conversations […]

Braves sign Freddie Freeman, Jason Heyward to extensions

The Atlanta Braves seemed to get uncharacteristic cold feet as arbitration hearings approached and committed over $138.3M to young sluggers 1B Freddie Freeman and OF Jason Heyward.  With the bulk of it going to the first baseman.  The AP (via Fox Sports) is reporting that that Freeman would be locked up for 8-years, $125M (pending a physical).  Earlier in the day, multiple sources...

AP source: Braves, Freeman agree to 8-year deal

The Atlanta Braves have agreed to eight-year deal with first baseman Freddie Freeman that is worth about $125 million, a person familiar with the talks told The Associated Press on Tuesday. The person confirmed the agreement on condition of anonymity because the Braves haven't announced the deal, which is subject to a successful physical. Earlier Tuesday, outfielder Jason Heyward...

Freddie Freeman’s Power Alternative

A lot of things happen when you’re guaranteed a hundred thirty-five million dollars. That’s a guess on my part, since I’ve never been in that particular situation, and I can’t speak to what many of those things might be. I presume an overwhelming number of old acquaintances try to re-establish contact. One thing I know […]

Braves avoid arbitration with Jason Heyward, working on extension with Freddie Freeman

The Atlanta Braves are not known for arbitration hearings but had three scheduled this year. That number may be down to one as Jason Heyward and the team have reached a new deal and reports suggest the same may be true for Freddie Freeman. Heyward and the Braves reached two-year contract worth $13.3 million. When arbitration figures were exchanged last month Heyward asked for $5...

2014 Fantasy Baseball: Freddie Freeman’s Mega-Deal and Remaining Free Agents

Photo credit: AshMarshall News broke on Tuesday that Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman, who likes to dole out hugs to his teammates almost as much as he likes smashing line drives into the outfield, was rewarded with an eight-year, $135 million extension. Freeman will make an average of $16.875 million a year over the course of the eight-year deal, and it is the largest...

Chipper Jones clowns Freddie Freeman on Twitter about contract extension

Chipper Jones clowned Freddie Freeman on Twitter about the first baseman's lucrative new contract extension.

Were the Braves drawing a line in the sand with Heyward & Freeman extensions?

Earlier in the week the Atlanta Braves made waves in the baseball world by signing Freddie Freeman and Jason Heyward to contract extensions. Instead of just reporting the news that hundreds of other sites beat us to, we’ll try to react to something interesting and developing that is just now a footnote of this story. FOX’s Jon Paul Morosi states that the Braves were signaling...

Braves Lock Up Freddie Freeman, Jason Heyward

Getty Images Neil Mehta Staff Writer Freddie Freeman The Atlanta Braves have signed Freddie Freeman to a 8-year, $125 million contract. The 24-year old All-Star First Baseman was elected to his first All-Star game in 2013. Freeman hit for .319 with 23 homeruns, and 109 RBIs with 89 runs in 2013. Freeman was drafted by the Braves in the 2007 MLB draft, he was drafted in the 2nd round...

Atlanta Braves Secure Franchise Cornerstone in Freddie Freeman

By Michael McGowan   5th Base Wednesday       2/5/2014 Yesterday, the Braves finally locked up one of their young star players, Freddie Freeman, as the 24-year-old signed a franchise record 8-year deal totaling $135 million. The longest previous contract was held by Chipper Jones, who signed a 6-year $90m contract after winning the 1999 MVP. It’s no coincidence that the...
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