On Wednesday, the Los Angeles Dodgers signed free-agent first baseman Freddie Freeman to a six-year deal worth more than $160 million. Freeman’s decision to sign with the Dodgers came just days after his former team, the Atlanta Braves, moved on by obtaining and extending Oakland Athletics first baseman Matt Olson.
In addition to giving the Dodgers one of the best and deepest lineups in baseball, again, Freeman’s signing is significant as it pertains to money.
Regardless of how Freeman’s contract is structured on a year-to-year basis, he’ll count for $27 million annually in Competitive Balance Tax calculations. Depending on what happens with Trevor Bauer, the Dodgers could enter the season with a CBT payroll around $280 million, putting them just $10 million underneath the fourth and highest CBT tier. (The New York Mets are the only other team in that bracket, according to Cot’s Contracts.)
The long-term fallout…