Dodgers News: Freeman Switches Agents
After Starling Marte resigned, Freeman was added to 2022 All-Star Team. He led the league in batting average at the All-Star break and was in the top 10 for on-base-plus-slugging percentage. This season, he has 13 home runs as well as 59 RBIs. The Dodgers are currently 10 games ahead in the NL West and Freeman says he’s happy to be back in Los Angeles.
Freeman signed with the Dodgers and reportedly switched agents. Excel Sports Management had previously represented Freeman. He signed a six-year, $162 million contract with the Dodgers in March. Freeman, a 30-year-old, spent his first 12 years with the Atlanta Braves. He helped the Braves win the World Series last season. He later said he wanted to stay with the team.
Although it is possible to make assumptions about Freeman’s mental health, the fact that he didn’t cry during a 51-minute interview with media outlets is encouraging. Unlike the past few months, Freeman did not profess his love for another team or fire his agent. After four months of crazy, he seemed quite relaxed. Reporters even reported that he was happy in Los Angeles.
Freeman has had three months to process the news of his unexpected departure. He stated that he had been “gathering information about his options.” In April, he met with Atlanta’s president of baseball operations, Alex Anthopoulos. The conversation did not reveal any new information. The news that Freeman’s agent has decided to switch agencies was first reported by ESPN on Tuesday. The move is a shocker, especially given Freeman’s public adoration for his former club.
Freeman’s contract is worth $162 million and will last for six years. Although Freeman’s new deal may not be as affordable as a regular baseball player, it is a great deal for the Dodgers. In return, the players will have an experienced veteran on their team.
Freeman is a California native, and he grew up in Orange. He graduated from El Modena High School in 2007, and has given back to the community through his baseball career. He also promised to build a new clubhouse for his alma mater. His generous donation will allow the school’s baseball facility to be expanded and its field renovated.
Freeman was with the Atlanta Braves for 15 years. He was a highly-regarded prospect during that time and helped the team win last year’s World Series. He left the Braves to go to Los Angeles last winter. During his press conference, he was visibly shaken when he announced his departure. He was then presented with a World Series ring by the team, and the crowd stood to ovation.