They are two of the best first basemen in the league, and both could be available for other teams in different ways.
Freeman is a free agent, but the expectation all along was that the Atlanta Braves would eventually re-sign him: he is a fan favorite there, and at 32, he remains a highly productive hitter (.300/.393/.503 slash line and 31 homers in 2021).
Olson is a member of the Oakland Athletics and has two seasons remaining of arbitration control.
However, the A’s will enter rebuilding mode and could make him available via trade.
He is an asset both offensively (.271/.371/.540, 39 home runs, 111 RBI last year) and defensively.
Freeman May Leave The Braves, Who May Turn To Olson
The A’s will likely wait for Freeman to sign somewhere: Atlanta is, according to a recent report, looking less and less likely by the day.
That leaves the Los Angeles Dodgers and the New York Yankees as two potential landing spots.
If Freeman ends up signing elsewhere, the Braves could opt to replace him…with Olson, per reporter Joe Hughes.
— Joe Hughes (@VegasJoeHughes) February 22, 2022
Atlanta has several enticing, controllable trading chips that may entice Oakland in any deal: pitchers Kyle Muller, Tucker Davidson, Kyle Wright, and even Huascar Ynoa could interest the A’s, not to mention outfielder Cristian Pache.
Olson would be an interesting target for the Braves because it would only be a two-year commitment with Olson, who will be 28 when the season starts, instead of a five or six-year pact with Freeman, who is already 32.
They love Freeman, but they are afraid of paying a lot of money for what could be the most unproductive seasons of his career.
Only time will tell how the pieces fit and where.NEXT: Francisco Lindor And Max Scherzer Continue To Represent The Players