Freddie Freeman wanted the story to just go away.
On Wednesday, however, the saga around his offseason free agency, departure from the Braves and apparent split from his agents continued to dominate baseball’s news cycle.
Though the Dodgers first baseman had a home run, two hits and a walk in the team’s 8-4 win over the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field, a new report about Freeman’s free agency process last offseason led to another chapter in a story that has followed him for almost a week.
Hours before the first pitch, Fox Sports Radio host Doug Gottlieb said that Casey Close, the agent at Excel Sports Management who led free-agency negotiations for Freeman that ended with him signing with the Dodgers, had never told Freeman about a supposed final contract offer the Braves made to keep the former MVP in Atlanta.
Gottlieb said Freeman found out during his return to Atlanta this weekend and that it prompted Freeman to terminate Excel as his representatives this week — something Freeman has not publicly confirmed, describing his representation status only as “fluid” amid reports he has filed paperwork to terminate his relationship with Excel.
Freeman declined to address Gottlieb’s report when approached after batting practice Wednesday.
A couple of hours later, Close released a vehement denial of the story through his agency.
“Doug Gottlieb tweeted a wholly inaccurate characterization of our negotiations with the Atlanta Braves on behalf of Freddie Freeman,” the statement read. “We are immediately evaluating all legal options to address the reckless publication of inaccurate information.”
The only thing that was clear by the end of the night: The off-the-field drama is having little effect on Freeman’s productivity at the plate.
In the series finale…