The Atlanta Braves reportedly have a backup option if they don’t re-sign first-timer Freddie Freeman.
The MLB lockdown still applies, but both the federation and the players’ union are exchanging proposals for a collective bargaining agreement. After the locking process is finished, Atlanta Braves Fans will be waiting to see if the team’s first star Freddie Freeman re-signs with the team. But what if he doesn’t? Atlanta is said to have a backup plan.
According to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal, the Braves had pre-closed discussions about a trade for Oakland Athletics’ first athlete Matt Olson.
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Rosenthal notes why the Braves are interested in acquiring Olson from Athletics. First, he is four and a half years younger than Freeman. Second, he grew up in suburban Atlanta, Ga.
Olson is nearing the end of the 2021 season, where he has dropped .271/.371/.540 while notching 39 home runs, 111 RBIs and 153 hits across 156 games. He was named to the All-Star Game this past season.
The thing is, the Braves will likely have to surrender a lot to Athletics, as Olson has another year as a referee before becoming a free agent after the 2023 season.
It will be heartbreaking for the fan base to watch Freeman sign to another team that needs a hitter first, such as the New York Yankees. He’s having a season where he’s led the league in runs scored (120), earned an All-Star spot and helped the Braves win the World Series for the first time since 1995.
The best thing Braves fans can do is wait for the official course to end, then wait for official word on whether Freeman will re-sign or move elsewhere. If that’s the case, Atlanta already has a reported contingency plan in place.
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