Top 5 Reasons Why Atlanta Braves Signed Freddie Freeman
Top 5 Reasons Freddie Freeman Was Best Signing for Atlanta Braves
As the Atlanta Braves have signed Freddie Freeman to a huge long-term contract, there has been discussion based on if the number of years that the team gave him was too much. It’s clear that the team has placed their trust in Freeman’s hands and they have given him confidence that he is going to be a Braves player for a long time.
It was an easy signing for Atlanta as they will need some type of future anchor that they are confident in. Freeman only has three full seasons in the big leagues and that may be cause for concern to some, but his ability to carry a team offensively at times was a key part to their success last season.
Also, whenever he steps onto the field, he gives the team a spark that other players haven’t been able to provide since Chipper Jones retired. With everything he does, he simply makes the Braves a better team. They are lucky that they were able to sign such a strong player for a price that isn't as steep as the one he could have gotten in the next few years. The Braves can only hope that he can sustain the output that he put out in 2013. If he can do so and provide another MVP-type season, the team will consider this signing a huge win.
Freeman has an amazing attitude toward the game. It is clear that he has fun on the field each time he is out there. He seems to smile every time he plays, and it pulled his team closer in 2013. It may be that he is a California kid, but his laid-back attitude shapes the clubhouse in a tremendous way.
He is better than decent in the field. His career fielding percentage is .993. It doesn't get much better than that. In 4,182 chances, he has only made 28 errors over four seasons. The 10 and 12 errors he had last season and in 2012 respectively were high numbers, but he is only getting better at his position and will be much better in 2014.
I believe this is really one of the main components of the Braves signing Freeman to the deal he got. At 21, he finished second in the Rookie of the Year award race and now, at 23, he was an All-Star and finished fifth in MVP voting. With an eight-year contract, Freeman will be with the Braves at least through his age-31 season. That puts the prime years of his career right with Atlanta, which is what they want from him.
Freeman did his damage and made his name with his bat. He has hit more than 20 home runs each of the past three seasons. His average also rose above .300 after he had his eye surgery in 2012. His on-base percentage rocketed up to .396 while he slugged over .500 for the first time in his career. He’s a powerful, run-producing, hard-swinging guy that can change this team's future.
Hugs? Yes, hugs. Freeman became one of the best huggers in major league history last season, if there is such a thing. He started it as a home run celebration, but it developed into a thing around the clubhouse where the Braves were known sometimes as well … huggers. All thanks to Freeman. If it wasn't for hugs, who knows how few home runs Justin Upton would have hit. We all know he just wanted his Freddie hugs.