Tom Glavine references Freddie Freeman’s frustrations with the free hand

Atlanta Braves legend Tom Glavine understands better than anyone what Freddie Freeman is going through at his high-profile free agency.

Tom Glavine never thought he would leave this Atlanta Bravesbut he can definitely relate to the mounting frustration Freddie Freeman is going through at his high-profile free agency.

Glavine left Atlanta after 2002 MLB season for the archrival New York Mets. Drafted out of high school by the Braves, Glavine won two Cy Young Awards, four Silver Sluggers and the 1995 World Series in an Atlanta uniform.

While already a ban from Cooperstown when he left New York, Glavine provided great insight dukes and bell about what Freeman is going through.

“I got to a point in the negotiations where nothing was going on and I think at that point in the game you get frustrated,” Glavine said at 92.9 The Game in Atlanta last month. “Then other teams get involved when they can and that makes things more and more difficult because you don’t know how it’s all going to play out. In my scenario, I certainly had discussions with other teams. I came back with the Braves and tried to get something done but it didn’t work.

Glavine spent five seasons with the Mets from 2003 to 2007 before briefly returning to the Braves in 2008 before retiring. While he “would be shocked if[Freeman]didn’t re-sign with the Braves,” Glavine has “seen stranger things happen.”

While there are similarities in Glavine’s and Freeman’s free agencies, there are also major differences.

Atlanta Braves: Tom Glavine references Freddie Freeman’s frustration with free agency

When Glavine went free in 2003, Ted Turner followed the Braves’ sale to Time Warner. Atlanta rose from being one of baseball’s top three donors to middle of the field. Glavine was in his late 30s when his contract expired. It should be noted that fellow starter Greg Maddux played an additional year with the Braves before departing in his free agency the following offseason.

Given that Freeman is a fair bit younger than Glavine at his big free agency, he’s not a ban on Cooperstown. In fact, he risks potential Hall of Fame incorporation if he struggles to play for someone else. Don’t think for a second, just playing for one franchise doesn’t matter. It’s a boost that could ultimately serve Freeman should he be considered for the Hall of Fame in the future.

The other two big things to highlight are that Freeman is a daily positional player, while Glavine pressed the rubber every fifth day. Freeman’s free hand also coincides with the absolutely nasty lockout that MLB is pulling through. Being a star player in a premium position makes Freeman absurdly valuable. Beating free agency in a lockout could also serve as a bridge to return.

That’s dependent on the Braves offering Freeman a six-year deal at fair market value. Who cares if he physically falls off a cliff? He’s already earned every penny of this contract. Freeman will be a lifetime baseball ambassador for Braves Country as soon as he writes here. Of course, if the Braves don’t want to pay, Freeman could run like Glavine did in 2003.

Glavine might not want to leave, but baseball is big business where star players get paid. Tom Glavine references Freddie Freeman’s frustrations with the free hand

John Verrall

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