Posted February 04, 2014

Braves, Freddie Freeman agree to eight-year deal

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Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman will not play in the All-Star Game. (Photo by the Associated Press)

Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman has a career .285 average, with 68 HR and 280 RBI. (AP Photo)

The Atlanta Braves and first baseman Freddie Freeman agreed to an eight-year, $135 million deal that will keep Freeman with the team through the 2021 season, the team announced Tuesday.

The team did not immediately disclose the financial details, but MLB Network’s Peter Gammons reported the figure at $135 million.

Over the past three seasons, Freeman has averaged 150 games played with 82 runs, 31 doubles, 22 home runs and 93 RBI.

Last season, Freeman hit .319 with 23 home runs, 109 RBI and 89 runs scored.  He also had a .396 on-base percentage and .897 OPS. He hit .443 with runners in scoring position, which was second in the National League.

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18 comments
Veejh
Veejh

Expect a regression from last years numbers.

joe602
joe602

Compared to Goldschmidt's contract it's laughable Freddy is a one way player with the mobility of a traffic cone

DanaBunner
DanaBunner

Whether he is worth this contract depends upon which Freddie Freeman is the real one.  The 2013 Freeman is definitely worth it.  .319/.396/.501  The 2012 Freeman isn't even close.   .259/.340/.456

He's a young man who may have found his stride in 2013, but there are so many examples of young players having bust out seasons, who later fell back into being very average.  This is a real risk for the Braves.

alcredle
alcredle

this kid is a solid hitter. long term contract that ends in his early 30's too...perfect!

GeorgeBroze
GeorgeBroze

They can always spend that money on a post prime 34-year-old. Since that usually works out.

FernandoR
FernandoR

Perfect signing for that salary based on his performances. They did not overpay. See Robinson Cano's contract then talk about overpaying.

therednorth1
therednorth1

Am I missing something or is that an overpay?

MrArlington
MrArlington

Long term rarely (if ever) work out the team. The guys know they have a locked in salary and their performance wanes. Even with performance incentives, the fact remains that guys when they reach a contract year all of a sudden pick up their game.  Freeman is a great player, but 8 years is not wise.

ChadCollins
ChadCollins

Thoughts and prayers to the Freeman family.  How can they even afford to keep the heat on for Christ sake

Delusional
Delusional

Nice. He'll enjoy 8 more years of being smacked outta the 1st round while getting $135M in the process 

WestcoastMD
WestcoastMD

Can't wait for Verducci to bust out his saber-metrics to not only justify this contract, but to claim the Braves got him at a discount. And if ever Verducci were to acknowledge the bloated contract, he would respond with "that is what the baseball economy is at." Lame.

train805
train805

What long term contract that was signed "pre-prime" hasn't worked out? The only one I can think of, is Evan longoria. And that's because he's always hurt.

I know this is going to make me sound like a racist ahole, but it's typically the Latin players who slack off after big contracts. And most of those were "post prime" contracts. Beltre is probably the only player I can think of who has done better after his major deal finished, and that's only because he got the heck out of seattle.

I am going to call this a win for Atl, as I expect Freddie will be a recurring all star for several more years. He'll sell tickets for the braves, and help keep them in the playoff hunt for the duration of this contract.

eddie767
eddie767

@train805  Longaria's contract avg.is $10 mil. How is that overpaying? Pick another player to judge.

DanaBunner
DanaBunner

@train805 I would not cite Longoria as an example of a contract failure.  Over the past three seasons, despite some injuries, he's had an average WAR of 5.4.   That's worth about $25M in today's market.   His long term deal hasn't even begun yet.   He won't draw over $10M until 2015.   But given that he is signed through age 37, there's a fair chance with his injury history that he won't earn his keep later in his career.

train805
train805

Historically baseball players hit their "prime" years in the 25-27 year old ages. I believe he is turning 25 this year.