You might have thought that Freddie Freeman’s return to the Braves beyond 2021 would have been a foregone conclusion, or wrapped up long ago. After all, he’s been with the organization since being drafted in 2007. He’s played all 1,565 of his Major League games there. He won the 2020 NL MVP as a Brave, and he was last seen helping to bring the 2021 World Series title to Georgia.
But despite obvious mutual interest, an extension before free agency didn’t happen. An agreement in the first part of this winter’s hot stove didn’t happen. And, as the baseball world opens back up, with Opening Day less than a month away, Freeman remains a free agent. Any of the 30 teams could sign him. Only one will.
Who will? The Dodgers just may be front-runners at this point, having offered Freeman a multiyear deal, according to sources. But putting aside the most recent buzz for a moment, let’s make some groups. Let’s count those teams down, 30-1.
One thing to remember, though, which is…