Atlanta Braves Smart to Lock Up Young Star Freddie Freeman in Huge Deal
Not many teams have a sure-thing when it comes to young superstars on their team these days in MLB, but the Atlanta Braves have just that in Freddie Freeman, and they will have him there for another eight years. The Braves and Freeman have reportedly agreed to a huge contract extension — and eight-year, $125 million deal.
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Freeman is one of the league’s best young stars and he is easily going to be worth every single one of those dollars in the coming years. This was a very smart deal for the Braves to get done, especially if they plan on contending for years to come.
The 24-year-old first baseman played in 147 games last season for the Braves, batting .319 with 23 home runs and 109 RBI — also with an on-base percentage of .396.
It looks like the Braves will be solid for years to come with a youngster that will get better each year — as his statistics for the past few seasons imply. Although his average numbers took a big step back in 2012, he bounced back in 2013 with a career year and has been as consistent as they come.
Freeman has a .285 career average in three full seasons, also accounting for 68 home runs and 280 RBI — he is a guy that can hit you near .300 with about 25 home runs and 100 RBI consistently if he can stay healthy.
This was a great move by the Braves and it shows they have put a lot of trust into the success of their young first baseman.
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