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Sunday, August 14, 2022

Freddie Freeman agent firing saga; everything we know

Oh boy. This got weird quick.

Per ESPN’s Buster Olney:

The MLB Players Association sent an email to agents on Freeman’s behalf Monday, ordering agents to not contact the player. This is common practice when players do not want to be besieged by agents. Freeman is listed within baseball’s central system as currently being self-represented. …

Sources say Freeman indicated to some of his former teammates over the weekend that he was going to change agents, given his frustration with how his free agency concluded in March.

Olney also reported this about negotiations:

The Braves made a $135 million, five-year offer that was still on the table in the first days after the owners’ lockout ended. As reported in March, [Casey] Close — the lead negotiator for Excel — contacted Alex Anthopoulos, the head of baseball operations for the Braves, and presented two proposals on behalf of Freeman significantly higher than that $135 million offer, giving the team an hour to respond. The Braves bumped their offer to $140 million, not close to Close’s proposals.



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