The Baseball Dodgers sign former MVP Freeman

FILE PHOTO: MLB: World Series-Atlanta Braves Championship Parade
FILE PHOTO: November 5, 2021; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman waves to fans during the World Series Championship Parade at Truist Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports/File Photo

March 18, 2022

By Rory Carroll

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The Los Angeles Dodgers have added hitter Freddie Freeman to their already strong lineup after the 2020 National League MVP agreed to a six-year deal reportedly worth $162 million.

The 32-year-old infielder spent the last 12 seasons with the Atlanta Braves, where he hit .295 with 271 homers and 941 RBI and was named an All-Star five times. Last season, he helped the Braves win their first World Series championship since 1995.

Freeman won the 2020 MVP award ahead of current teammate Mookie Betts in the COVID-19-shortened season.

He completes a fearsome lineup that includes Betts, Trea Turner, Will Smith, Max Muncy, Cody Bellinger, Justin Turner, Chris Taylor and AJ Pollock as the 2020 champions attempt to claim the trophy again this year.

“Today is an incredibly exciting day,” Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said Friday at a news conference introducing Freeman at Dodger Stadium.

“I can’t say enough about the ownership and the position they put us in to win the last game of the year. And today our chances of doing so have increased significantly.”

Freeman had several offers on the table, but in the end the Southern California native said it was all about family.

“I have a 67-year-old father and an 86-year-old grandfather who will see me play every day now, so that was one of the main factors,” Freeman, the father of three boys, told reporters.

“Seeing how much family means (to the Dodgers) was a huge factor in my decision. Being at home and able to play in front of my family made me decide to become a dodger.”

(Reporting by Rory Carroll in Los Angeles; Editing by Ken Ferris) The Baseball Dodgers sign former MVP Freeman


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