Freddie Freeman has finally made his decision and is headed out west.
The star first baseman inked a six-year, $162 deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers late Wednesday night.
Now, the Dodgers are the clear favorite to win the World Series in 2022.
The team’s lineup is stacked from top to bottom, featuring names such as Mookie Betts, Trea Turner, Max Muncy, Will Smith, Cody Bellinger, Justin Turner, AJ Pollock, and Chris Taylor to go along with Freeman.
This team as a whole is stacked and remains a force to be reckoned with in the National League.
If you plan on going to the World Series, you’ll have to go through LA first.
In nearly 20 years covering baseball, not sure I’ve seen a better lineup than the one the Dodgers will use this season. In some order, it’s going to be Mookie Betts, Freddie Freeman, Trea Turner, Will Smith, Max Muncy, Cody Bellinger, Justin Turner, Chris Taylor and A.J. Pollock.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) March 17, 2022
A Stacked Lineup
The Dodgers are coming off a season in which they won 106 games as a Wild Card team and went all the way to the NLCS, when they were knocked out by the Atlanta Braves.
They look even stronger this year and boast perhaps the best lineup in all of baseball.
With Freeman likely taking over at first base, Muncy figures to be the one to slide into the role of the designated hitter, with that rule being implemented in the National League as a part of the new CBA.
It became clear that once the Braves picked up Matt Olson, Freeman was not going back to Atlanta, and it almost seemed inevitable that Freeman was going to choose the Dodgers.
The Boston Red Sox, San Diego Padres, and Tampa Bay Rays were the other teams in on him after the New York Yankees and Toronto Blue Jays made moves to shore up their infields, taking them out of the running for Freeman.
But Freeman now goes home to his native California and the Dodgers look ready to strike in 2022.