Freddie Freeman will be a free agent after the World Series, how much could his next deal cost?
Freddie Freeman has spent his entire career with the Atlanta Braves, with an MVP and a Gold Glove on his resume. On Tuesday night, his clutch home run in the eighth inning against the Milwaukee Brewers brought the Braves into the NLCS for the second year in a row.
Freeman has expressed a desire to spend his entire career with the Braves. He told USA Today’s Bob Nightengale in late September.
“I’ve been with this organization for 15 years, almost half of my life, and it means everything to me,” said Freeman. “I’m an Atlanta Brave. I love his organization. I don’t know anything else.
“The grass, on the other hand, isn’t always greener, and the grass is pretty green here. I know there is a business side to everything, but I really hope we can find out where to stay here. It’s strange that it even got to this point. But I don’t want to go anywhere else.
“It would mean the world to me to spend my entire career here.”
The eight-year $ 135 million deal that Freeman signed with the Braves in 2014 will expire after the World Series. The Braves have not signed their franchise cornerstone to renew.
Freeman, 32, has shown no signs of slowing down on the record and has missed seven games in the past four regular seasons. He seems sure to give the Braves every chance to keep him before he even thinks of entertaining outside free agent admirers.
Will the Braves meet Freeman’s market value? Will he give them a hometown discount?
How much does Freddie Freeman’s contract cost?
Freeman crossed the $ 20 million per year mark on his current / expiring contract in 2017 and made $ 22 million this season. Looking ahead, Spotrac has estimated its market value at just under $ 27.3 million a year as it nears vacant agency.
Super-long contracts for older players become albatrosses for teams over time, with a few exceptions. So the braves have to be careful. But a five- or six-year contract would be a reasonable expectation for Freeman, and simple math of around $ 27 million a year adds up to a total of $ 135 million (five years) or $ 162 million (six years). If the Braves don’t get up to that level, north of $ 25 million a year, surely someone else will.