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Could Dodgers sign beloved Braves star?

Freddie Freeman in his Braves uniform

The Los Angeles Dodgers could be coming up with their own version of a popular adage: if you can’t beat ’em, recruit ’em.

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reported on Monday that the possibility has now emerged of the Dodgers pursuing beloved Atlanta Braves star Freddie Freeman to be the top left-handed hitter in their lineup. Corey Seager, who had been playing that role for the Dodgers, just left to sign a massive deal with the Texas Rangers.

The five-time All-Star Freeman has been a Brave for his entire 11-year MLB career, so it would be pretty shocking to see him end up with the National League rival Dodgers. Rosenthal does add too that virtually everyone in the industry expects Freeman to return to Atlanta.

But opponents should always be wary of the Dodgers. They have a knack for landing marquee talent at every turn, and now have plenty of money to spend after losing both Seager and Max Scherzer in free agency. After winning this year’s World Series with the Braves, there are also some indications that Freeman would prefer getting paid over loyalty.

Photo: Jun 15, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman (5) hits a RBI single against the Boston Red Sox in the third inning at Truist Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Yankees met with free agent Freddie Freeman

Freddie Freeman in his Braves uniform

Freddie Freeman is one of the most intriguing free agents this offseason. The lifelong Atlanta Braves first baseman wants to return to the only team he has played for. But he is keeping all options open.

Freeman met with the New York Yankees, Jon Heyman reported on Monday. Though Freeman is the name that stands out, Heyman says the Yankees met with representatives for all the top left-handed hitting first basemen.

The Yankees acquired Anthony Rizzo at the trade deadline from the Cubs and could make an effort to retain him. Rizzo reportedly is eager to return to the Yankees if they want him.

The Yankees could also pursue a trade for Matt Olson, whom the Oakland A’s could be willing to deal.

Freeman may be the most desirable player of the bunch. The 32-year-old has made the All-Star team the last four seasons and was NL MVP during the shortened 2020 season. Freeman will not come cheaply though.

Photo: Jun 15, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman (5) hits a RBI single against the Boston Red Sox in the third inning at Truist Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Freddie Freeman reportedly turned down big money contract from Braves

Freddie Freeman

Freddie Freeman has donned only a single uniform throughout his Major League Baseball career. And if the Atlanta Braves have their way, it’s the only uniform he’ll ever wear. But the path to that end may not come without come some hiccups.

Freeman is currently a free agent and seeking a deal in the range of six years and $200 million. That’s a hefty price tag for the 32-year-old first baseman, and one Atlanta has not yet agreed to.

Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY reports that Atlanta offered Freeman a five-year, $135 million contract, but he turned it down.

Free agent Freddie Freeman was on the mind of every team seeking a first baseman, with Freeman rejecting Atlanta’s five-year, $135 million offer, and seeking closer to a six-year, $200 million deal.

Don’t freak out just yet, Braves fans. Expectations remain that Freeman and the Braves will eventually come to some sort of agreement on a long-term deal. They just need to navigate that one-year, $65 million difference — and what’s that between some friends?

In 2021, Freeman, a five-time All-Star and 2020 NL MVP, batted .300/.393/.503 with 31 HR and 83 RBI. He went on to hit two home runs during the World Series, helping lead Atlanta to their first title since 1995.

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Dansby Swanson has message for Braves about Freddie Freeman

Dansby Swanson in his Braves uniform

Freddie Freeman’s impending free agency is not lost on his Atlanta Braves teammates, and one of them addressed that publicly during the team’s championship parade on Friday.

The Braves’ parade culminated in a rally at Truist Park where numerous players spoke to the capacity crowd. Among them was shortstop Dansby Swanson, who decided to send a message to the team’s leadership.

“It might get me in trouble, but re-sign Freddie,” Swanson said to a massive ovation from the crowd.

Freeman looked pretty amused by the comments, and even seemed to gesture to the sky as if praying for Swanson’s words to be heeded. Several other players eagerly encouraged the crowd response, too.

Reporting from prior to the team’s playoff run indicated that Freeman was likely to test free agency, as he and the Braves have failed to agree on a contract extension. Freeman has only played for one organization and won NL MVP in 2020. It’s clear he would prefer to stay. It’s also hard to believe the Braves would let him walk considering how unpopular it would be, especially in light of a championship.

Photo: Nov 2, 2021; Houston, TX, USA; Atlanta Braves shortstop Dansby Swanson (7) reacts after turning a double play against the Houston Astros during the fourth inning in game six of the 2021 World Series at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Freddie Freeman and his perfect teeth trend after World Series win

Freddie Freeman's teeth

Freddie Freeman has a beautiful baseball swing and the perfect teeth to match.

Freeman went 2-for-4 with a double, home run and two RBIs in his Atlanta Braves’ 7-0 win over the Houston Astros on Tuesday night. His big hits helped the Braves clinch their first World Series since 1995.

The 32-year-old first baseman was a 2nd-round pick by the Braves in 2007. He made it to the majors in 2010 and has spent his entire career with Atlanta. He’s made five All-Star teams, won NL MVP last year, and he’s a well-liked figure across MLB.

And after helping his Braves win the World Series, America got to learn about his perfect teeth.

Are Freeman’s teeth real? Maybe they have just improved over time, much like he has as a player.

Congratulations to the longtime Brave on finally winning a ring. And congratulations to him on his perfect teeth. Maybe he can let us all know the name of his dentist.

Freddie Freeman responds to narrative that Braves are playoff chokers

Freddie Freeman

The Atlanta Braves are hearing some familiar and unwelcome music after Thursday’s loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 5 of the NLCS. Now one of their stars is admitting that they have to confront their demons head-on.

Speaking with reporters after the Game 5 defeat, Braves slugger Freddie Freeman spoke on the narrative that this could be a repeat of last year’s NLCS where the team choked away a 3-1 lead to these very same Dodgers.

“We don’t have a choice until we kill that narrative,” said Freeman, per Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports.

For the Braves, who entered Game 5 up 3-1 in the series, their collapse last postseason is still fresh in the minds of many. Georgia sports fans are also particularly uptight considering their teams’ lengthy history of blowing big leads (e.g. the Falcons’ 28-3 lead over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LI, the University of Georgia’s 20-7 lead over Alabama in the 2018 national championship game, etc.).

What the Braves have going for them this time around however is the fact that they have two games to win one in front of their home crowd instead of having to play at a neutral site like last year. The Dodgers are also beat up right now. Their rotation is gassed and key players like Clayton Kershaw, Max Muncy, Justin Turner, and Joe Kelly are all hurt. But with their $300 million payroll, the Dodgers are still so stacked that absolutely no one will be surprised if they come back to win the series, especially after getting new life in Game 5 with 11 runs on 17 hits. There is also some uncertainty with Freeman’s own future after the season. That means the heat is on for the Braves to finally get a happy ending for Georgia sports this time around.

Photo: Jun 15, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman (5) hits a RBI single against the Boston Red Sox in the third inning at Truist Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Braves GM offered Freddie Freeman awesome gift for winning NL East

Freddie Freeman

The Atlanta Braves on Thursday clinched the NL East for the fourth straight season. Executive Alex Anthopoulos joined the team in late 2017 and has been in charge of the front office for all four titles. He called this one the most special and even offered Freddie Freeman a cool present to celebrate.

Anthopoulos told the assembled media on Thursday that they installed a soft serve ice cream machine in the clubhouse around June at Freeman’s request. Anthopoulos told Freeman that if the team won the division, the exec would send the first baseman a soft serve machine too as a celebratory gift.

It sounds like Freeman appreciated the offer but politely declined.

That was a cool gesture from Anthopoulos, who noted that Freeman’s son Charlie would have been excited about the gift.

There’s not much better than a soft serve machine. Throw in a toppings bar and you’re really rolling. The only time ice cream is not a good thing is when it’s coming from Daniel Snyder.

Freddie Freeman likely to test free agency?

Freddie Freeman

Freddie Freeman has spent his entire career with the Atlanta Braves, but his future beyond the 2021 season remains uncertain for now.

According to Jon Heyman of MLB Network, there is a notable gap between Freeman and the Braves, and it is becoming increasingly likely that the first baseman will test the free agent market. However, Heyman ultimately believes Freeman will remain with the Braves, as both sides want to come to an agreement.

Freeman, who turns 32 on Sunday, is in the final year of the eight-year, $135 million deal he signed prior to the 2014 season. The reigning NL MVP is hitting .292 with 28 home runs on the season.

If Freeman were to leave the Braves, his son might have some opinions on who he wants his dad to play alongside. It doesn’t seem likely, though.

Video: Freddie Freeman called out on controversial play at home

Freddie Freeman home plate

Freddie Freeman was called out on a controversial play at home during Tuesday night’s Atlanta Braves-New York Yankees game.

Freeman’s Braves were trailing the Yankees 4-2 in the bottom of the fifth inning. Austin Riley was at the plate with runners on the corners and two outs.

Riley drove a single up the middle to drive in one run. Freeman tried to score from first, forcing a relay throw home.

Even though Freeman appeared to possibly slide in safely, he was called out. Here is another look at the play:

The play was reviewed but the call stood.

Rather than Freeman tying the game and the inning continuing, the Braves first baseman was called out and the Yankees maintained a 4-3 lead.

Do you think Freeman was out or safe on the play?

Freddie Freeman’s son put his dad on hot seat over Fernando Tatis Jr. meeting

Freddie Freeman

Freddie Freeman’s son Charlie is a huge Fernando Tatis Jr. fan. This week at the MLB All-Star Game festivities, Charlie was looking all over the place for Tatis. He finally got a chance to meet the San Diego Padres star and was elated.

The thing is, the meeting wouldn’t have been possible without his dad making the NL All-Star team. In fact, Freddie says he was taking some heat from his son to improve his play to ensure an invite to the All-Star Game. Why? All so Charlie could meet Tatis Jr.

Freddie told the story on MLB Network Tuesday.

“Two months ago I’m hitting .220. And Charlie goes, ‘Daddy, I’m going to need you to start playing better so I can go to the All-Star Game and meet Fernando,'” Freeman said.

Freeman has picked it up since then. He entered the All-Star break batting .274 with 19 home runs, 58 runs scored and 50 RBIs. He earned his trip to the All-Star Game … much to his son’s delight.