Now that Freddie Freeman has signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers, we can begin to surmise what other teams who were in on the slugger might have offered him.
Thanks to Jon Heyman of MLB Network, we now have some intel on what those offers were, how many years they were, and how much money the teams in question were going to throw into it.
On Twitter, Heyman detailed what the Atlanta Braves and the Tampa Bay Rays had offered the star first baseman and World Series champ.
The Braves reportedly offered their now former star five years and $140 million, while Tampa Bay offered him six years and close to $150 million.
A couple of the losing bids for Freddie Freeman: Braves $140M, 5 years, Rays about $150M, 6 years. Red Sox also were in, so 3 GMs (including the winning Dodgers; $162M, 6) with Rays history all were in.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) March 17, 2022
Solid Offers Passed Up
These are honestly some pretty good offers that Freeman passed up, and some may wonder why he didn’t take these.
The obvious answer though is that a) he wanted the best possible deal for himself and his family and b) the Braves had already acquired Matt Olson, who will now be taking Freeman’s place at first base.
But in terms of money, these were some solid offers.
It is unknown whether the Boston Red Sox actually offered him a contract, but one can assume if they did, it was a fairly lucrative offer.
But Freeman is going home.
He is from Southern California after all.
He now makes the Dodgers the overwhelming favorite to not only capture the NL West crown, but also to win the World Series, as on paper, they have arguably the best lineup in all of baseball.
We’ll see what happens next with some of the other free agents who have yet to sign, but Freeman signing has likely opened up the floodgates for more to come.