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Reports: Dodgers land Freddie Freeman for six years, $162 million

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FILE PHOTO: October 31, 2021; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman (5) hits a home run against the Houston Astros in the third inning of game five of the 2021 World Series at Truist Park. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

March 17, 2022

In 2020, Freddie Freeman was the National League MVP for Atlanta and led the Braves to the 2021 World Series Championship.

In 2022 he will play for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The five-time All-Star first baseman agreed to a six-year, $162 million contract as a free agent with the Dodgers, multiple outlets reported Wednesday night.

Freeman joins an already strong Dodgers team that has made nine straight playoff appearances and is just a year and a half away from winning a World Series title.

He doesn’t even have to knock a slugger out of the Los Angeles lineup. Last year’s Dodgers first baseman Max Muncy could step into the designated hitter role as the DH enters the National League for the first time.

The 32-year-old Freeman led the NL with 120 carries last season while hitting .300s with 31 home runs and 83 RBIs. Last year, in a 60-game season curtailed by the pandemic, Freeman hit .341 with 13 homers, 53 RBIs, 51 league-leading runs and 23 league-top doubles.

He has made the top 10 in the NL MVP poll seven times and won a Gold Glove in 2018.

Freeman has played his entire 12-year major league career with the Braves, averaging a .295 batting average, .384 on-base percentage, .509 slugging percentage, 271 home runs and 941 RBIs in 1,565 games.

In 42 postseason games, he has a .290/.393/.523 batting streak with nine homers and 20 RBIs.

The Braves tacitly acknowledged that Freeman would not be returning when they acquired first baseman Matt Olson in a trade with the Oakland A’s earlier this week. Olson signed an eight-year, $168 million deal with Atlanta on Tuesday.

–Field level media

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