Braves legend Chipper Jones believes Freddie Freeman should have taken less money to stay in Atlanta instead of taking his talents to the Dodgers on a six-year, $162 million deal last Thursday.
“I disagree with the way this has been handled on Freddie’s end.” said Jones on Atlanta radio station 680 The Fan. “If you wanna play Atlanta, you play Atlanta. You may take a little less to be happy and play in a place that is comfortable for you.”
The Hall of Famer third baseman went on to recall a conversation he had with Freeman and warned him about free agency flirtation.
“The second Freddie told me he turned down the five for $135 [million] After the All-Star break, I said to him, ‘You’re playing a very dangerous game. You go into the free agent market, get courted by all the pretty girls that are on the block, chances are you won’t come back. If you take the time to wait for those six years [deal] in January [Atlanta] got a job to do.’”
Freeman was reportedly offered a five-year, $135 million contract by the Braves ahead of the offseason. A day after Freeman signed with Los Angeles, ESPN reported that his reps reached out to the Braves to see if they had an offer late in the process.
He finally decided to sign with the Dodgers last week after Atlanta acquired his replacement Matt Olson from the Oakland Athletics and signed him to an eight-year, $168 million deal — signaling the Braves wouldn’t wait for Freeman concludes his contract decision.
Freeman said Friday it was him “taken by surprise” by the Olson trade. “I think every emotion came across. I was injured.”
The first baseman said that too received “two calls” from the Braves in the low season.
“I only got an offer” Freeman said about Atlanta. “The last formal offer I received was at close of trade. We countered and that was it.”
Freeman, a native of Southern California, will now join a stacked Dodgers team after helping the Braves win the World Series last season.
The Braves’ second-round pick in the 2007 MLB Draft spent time in the minor leagues before being drafted to the majors in 2010.
In his 12 seasons with the Braves, he earned five All-Star selections and one first-team All-MLB. He hit .295 with 271 home runs and 941 RBIs in his Atlanta career.
https://nypost.com/2022/03/22/chipper-jones-isnt-happy-with-freddie-freeman-after-braves-snub/ Chipper Jones isn’t happy with Freddie Freeman after Brave’s snub