As a seemingly inevitable MLB lockout -- and likely transaction freeze looms -- former National League MVP Freddie Freeman remains a free agent.
And while the overwhelming majority of those in the sport still believe that Freeman will ultimately return to the defending World Series Champion Atlanta Braves, at least some other potential suitors are starting to wonder if they could successfully woo the five-time All-Star, per Audacy Sports MLB Insider Jon Heyman:
The 32-year-old has spent all 12 of his big league seasons with the Braves, slashing .295/.384/.509 with 271 home runs, 941 RBIs and an .893 OPS. It is difficult to imagine the Braves letting a franchise icon leave the team, especially when he followed up an MVP season by helping Atlanta to win their first World Series since 1995.
With that said, Heyman reported earlier this month that Freeman's desire to have a sixth year in his next contract is one of the reasons that the Braves haven't re-signed him yet. Audacy Sports projected at the outset of the offseason that Freeman would land a six-year/$180 million deal -- which is pretty close to exactly what Heyman has heard Freeman is looking for -- so if the Braves don't ultimately guarantee a sixth season, the guess here is someone else will.