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Dodgers show Freddie Freeman the love that the Braves wouldn’t

Dodgers show Freddie Freeman the love that the Braves wouldn't

Freddie Freeman celebrates his home run for the Atlanta Braves in Game 6 of the 2021 World Series against the Houston Astros. (Eric Gay / Associated Press)

Imagine Clayton Kershaw making 30-plus starts in a season. Imagine him becoming a free agent. Imagine him wanting to return to the Dodgers.

Now, imagine the Dodgers’ decision makers failing to make him a competitive offer. Imagine them trading for a younger and less expensive pitcher instead.

That’s basically what Alex Anthopoulos did with Freddie Freeman.

There’s a franchise more ruthless than Andrew Friedman’s Dodgers and it’s Anthopoulos’ Atlanta Braves.

The Braves make the number crunchers in the Dodgers’ front office look like baseball romantics by comparison, industry insiders questioning the sincerity of Anthopoulos’ tears after Matt Olson was acquired to replace Freeman.

I’m really curious: What was Anthopoulos thinking about to coax out those fake tears?

The saga of Freeman’s free agency is about greed and…

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