The Atlanta Braves head into the All-Star break a game under .500 and four games back of the National League East-leading New York Mets. After the unfortunate news of Ronald Acuna Jr.’s ACL injury, the Braves World Series hopes are slipping away. With the Braves losing ground in the playoff race, and superstar Freddie Freeman’s free agency looming, questions have to arise about what a potential deal for Freeman would look like.
Freeman has been the poster child for Braves baseball since Chipper Jones has retired, so trading him would be painful for all Braves fans. But as fans have seen throughout the history of MLB, it is a business, and Atlanta would not be running their business without fielding calls for Freeman. Which of those teams should continue calling to check in on Freeman’s availability?
Potential Landing Spots for Freddie Freeman
Boston Red Sox
With Xander Bogaerts and Rafael Devers locking down the left side of the infield, getting a solidified MVP-caliber first basemen legitimizes the Red Sox World Series hopes. For Atlanta, the Red Sox have a decent amount of young talent to pick from in a potential deal as well. Prospects like Jeter Downs, Jay Groome, and even a Franchy Cordero piece could get a Freeman trade done.
New York Yankees
The thought of Freeman in the Bronx is horrifying for most baseball fans, but looking at the offer that the Yankees could put together possibly triumphs all. Young talent like Miguel Andujar, Deivi Garcia, or Luis Gil are pieces that will entice the eye of the Braves.
Yes, the Brewers just added Rowdy Tellez in a trade. Yes, their farm system is not as strong as the other teams listed. However, adding Freeman to arguably the second-best team in the National League immediately puts them in the conversation to beating the Dodgers and making it to the World Series.
San Francisco Giants
The San Francisco Giants are shockingly atop the National League West division at the All-Star break. San Francisco has a veteran first baseman in Brandon Belt, and Freeman would be an upgrade that vaults them into legitimate National League contenders conversation.
Freddie Freeman’s Offseason Outlook
MLB fans have seen a star player get traded to a World Series contender, go into free agency, and then re-sign with the team that traded them at the deadline. Aroldis Chapman was the latest to do so with the Yankees after a trade to the World Series-winning Cubs. It could be a win-win scenario for Atlanta, recouping some prospects and having the ability to resign him. Whatever may happen with Freeman, the fact that his future with the Braves is in question means that some potential deals have to be discussed.
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