Hold it all.
Yes, former Atlanta Braves star Freddie Freeman signing with the New York Yankees sounds like a great idea in theory.
After all, the Yankees have a need at first base and Freeman has the bat and glove needed to play at Yankee Stadium.
But MLB.com Atlanta defeated writer Mark Bowman doesn’t necessarily see Freeman heading to the Bronx.
So far, the Rangers, Yankees, Red Sox, Giants and Dodgers are among the teams that have shown interest in Freeman. … Freeman’s personality makes it hard to imagine him playing in New York. But the money speaks, and the Yankees have more than enough to spend on a left-handed slugger who would satisfy many of their needs, including the durability they didn’t get from Giancarlo Stanton or Aaron Judge. It also doesn’t hurt to have the Red Sox and Yankees vying for you alongside the Giants and Dodgers. More National League teams come into play when you factor in the possibility of Universal DH becoming a permanent part of the game next year.
ESPN’s Kiley McDaniel and The Athletic’s Jim Bowden have contracts for all of the top free agents, including Freeman.
McDaniel sees him get a six-year, $ 156 million contract, while Bowden’s got it at six years and $ 187 million.
How does this money earn you? Freeman is a five-time All-Star and three-time Silver Slugger Award who has a Golden Glove and the 2020 National League MVP award on his resume.
Freeman hit the market this winter after leading the Braves to their first World Series title in nearly 30 years.
If Yankees general manager Brian Cashman misses Freeman, he could try to re-sign midseason pickup Anthony Rizzo.
Or he could trade for Oakland A slugger Matt Olson.
Or he could stay in-house with Luke Voit and / or DJ LeMahieu.
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