Wild report reveals why Freddie Freeman abruptly fired his agent

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Dodgers star Freddie Freeman recently made waves when he seemingly cut ties with his agent, Casey Close of Excel Sports.

Now, a new report has shed further light on the apparent falling out.

According to Doug Gottlieb of CBS Sports, the parting of ways came after Freeman learned that Close had not disclosed to him the Braves' final offer on a free-agent contract during the offseason. Freeman apparently found out about the disconnect during the Dodgers' three-game weekend series in Atlanta, per Gottlieb.

Freeman, of course, ended up signing with Los Angeles for six years and $162 million, which at first glance seems like a lot more than the reported five years and $135 million the Braves were "known to have offered," Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reported on Wednesday.

But when accounting for differences in California's higher tax rate, plus the deferred payments in Freeman's Dodgers contract, the deals might be closer than they might appear, per Rosenthal.

Like Gottlieb, Rosenthal also reported that Freeman's ultimate preference was to return to the Braves, the organization that drafted him in the second round back in 2007.

Instead, that preference seems to have been lost in translation -- or, as Gottlieb suggests, perhaps disregarded altogether by Close. It's not clear why Close would pull such a move, but the implication was that he was seeking the higher dollar amount rather than heeding his client's wishes.

Back in Atlanta for the first time over the weekend, Freeman certainly seemed emotional about the split. He wiped away tears as the fans at Truist Park gave him a standing ovation when he was announced for his first plate appearance on Friday.

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