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Freddie Freeman clearly wanted the Braves back because of the deal with the Dodgers.

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It is rare for a player to change agents immediately after signing a monstrous deal. But Freddie Freeman is seriously considering doing just that, and as Buster Olney first revealed, he is expected to do just that.

Freeman was obviously not happy to leave the Braves, even if it meant going back almost home to the Dodgers (he’s from the OC), and he initially blamed the Braves management for being very budget-conscious despite being brings in a huge amount of money (reportedly they made $100 million). earnings in 2021) can be very corporate and does not tend to be warm or fuzzy. But because he’s gathered information about what happened, he’s now at least partially blaming Excel, his longtime spokesmen. Another thing to think about: while it’s clear today that Freeman really wanted to stay, one has to wonder if his agents received and understood the message? It’s up to Freeman who to blame, but from what I’ve gathered, the Braves aren’t at fault here.

Here’s how the negotiations went, the sources say. For the record, Excel’s top baseball agent Casey Close denied the story told by others here, stating in text that it was “a lie” without further clarification.

In any case, Freeman himself believes that the Braves tried harder than he previously thought (although from here, while their offers were comparable to the Dodgers deal, the Braves didn’t seem to be as eager to keep the Braves legend alive as could be imagined). Although he responded to the initial report that he was leaving Excel by saying that the situation was “unstable”, he is indeed expected to leave the agency.

Freddy Freeman
Freddie Freeman is expected to part ways with the Excel agency.
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It doesn’t matter who you believe, something clearly went wrong, as Freeman’s tears in Atlanta revealed. He seemed so upset by his departure that Hall of Famer Dodgers teammate Clayton Kershaw, who is also represented by Excel, publicly expressed his hope that the Dodgers were not “second fiddle”, reminded Freeman that the Dodgers is a “pretty special” team and suggested that he would “really like it once he gets the hang of it.”

In terms of details, sources say that last summer, the Braves offered $135 million for five years immediately after the deal’s deadline, upping its original $125 million bid (matching the annual salary of fellow Excel client George Springer). Although the Braves only had about .500 at the time, they decided to top Paul Goldschmidt’s deal by $130 million, agreeing that Freeman was the better player with an even bigger resume. At the time, Excel suggested that the proposal should be for six years.

Then, after the lockout ended, on March 12, Excel called the Braves to make them a couple of counteroffers and let them know they needed an immediate response and needed to submit their maximum offer, implying they were ready to move. Sources say that that night, Excel presented two options as the “Braves price,” which supposedly meant a discounted deal for his favorite team: $165 million for five years or $175 million for six years. They also increased the urgency by telling the Daredevils that they had exactly one hour to respond.

The Braves came back and said no, thanks to Excel numbers, but since they needed to try something for the iconic Brave after winning the World Series and ending the lockout, sources say they verbally increased their offer to $140 million for five . It wasn’t a huge increase for an iconic player, but Freeman’s reps could have resisted at that point, and it’s hard to imagine the Braves wouldn’t have received at least $145 million given his value to the franchise. Instead, sources say the talks seemed to end amicably, with the parties talking about other Excel free agents and the Braves believing the Freeman camp had something worth more than $175 million and they were going to take it.

Freddie Freeman was thrilled when he received his World Series ring when the Dodgers visited the Braves.
Freddie Freeman was thrilled when he received his World Series ring when the Dodgers visited the Braves.
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    Freddy Freeman
Freddie Freeman with the Braves.
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It was then that the Braves, apparently thinking Freeman should be close to a deal elsewhere, turned their attention to other options. The next day, they attempted to engage Anthony Rizzo but got nowhere as they were told that Rizzo wanted to wait until Freeman got off the board (he may also have preferred to return to the Yankees, where he landed soon after). So, Braves GM Alex Anthopoulos called “A” boss Billy Bean on March 13 and made a trade for Matt Olson the next day. Shortly thereafter, The Braves announced an eight-year, $168 million deal that shows how much they wanted him.

The first problem is that Freeman clearly didn’t end up where he wanted to be, even though the Braves are said to have made two competitive bids.

Second, he didn’t get a better deal in Los Angeles than the one the Braves are said to have offered. $162 million over six years in LA is offset by about $13 million in tax increases in California over Georgia, $57 million in cash set aside on the LA deal for another $13 million alleged loss (the Braves are nothing did not postpone) and about 1 dollar. another million in commissions for Excel, considering the deal is worth another $22 million less deferrals (assuming a 5 percent commission). So the estimated value of the deal with the Dodgers is about the same or slightly less for another year of play. Either way, it at least looks like the hand was replayed in light of how badly Freeman clearly wanted to stay in Georgia.

Excel, the second biggest agency in the game with huge success that has worked with Derek Jeter, Goldschmidt, Kershaw, Zach Greinke and many other stars and got many great contracts (like $206.5 million for Greinke), will soon lose its second a major player right after that. getting big deals. Trevor Storey left after a six-year, $140 million contract with the Red Sox. However, Excel is apparently set to receive around $15 million in commissions from the two deals.

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