Apparently Freddy Freeman wanted the Braves back on the Dodgers deal

It’s rare for a player to change agents right after signing a huge deal. But Freddy Freeman is seriously considering doing exactly that, and is already expected to do so, as Buster Olney first reported.

Clearly Freeman wasn’t happy about leaving The Braves even if it meant almost going home to the Dodgers (he’s from OC), and he originally blamed the Braves management, who are very budget-conscious despite being a huge money maker (they are said to be They made $100 million (profit in 2021), can be very institutional and not inclined to warmth or mystery. But since he gathered information about what happened, he now at least partially blames Excel, its old representatives. Another thing to ask: While it is clear today that Freeman desperately wanted to stay, one must wonder if his clients received and understood this message? It’s up to Freeman to decide who’s to blame, but the brave ones don’t look guilty here, based on what I gathered either.

Here’s how the negotiations went, according to the sources. For the record, Excel’s chief baseball agent Casey Close denied the story told by others here, saying it was “false” by text, without elaborating.

In any case, Freeman himself believes that the Braves did more than he previously thought (although their offerings were similar to the Dodgers’ deal, the Braves didn’t seem as concerned to maintain the legend of the Braves as one might imagine). While he responded to the original report that he was leaving Excel by saying the situation was “flexible”, it is expected that he will indeed leave the agency.

Freddy Freeman
Freddy Freeman is expected to separate from the Excel agency.
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No matter who you believe, something has clearly gone very wrong, as Freeman’s tears once again in Atlanta told a tale. He seemed so upset about his departure that his Dodgers teammate Clayton Kershaw, who is also represented by Excel, was publicly hoping the Dodgers wouldn’t be a “second violin,” Freeman stated that the Dodgers are a “very special” team and suggested he would “really enjoy it once he’s gone.” He feels comfortable here.”

As for the details, sources say Braves offered $135 million for five years right after last summer’s trade deadline, increasing its original bid of $125 million (matching the annual salary of another Excel client, George Springer). While the Braves were only about $0.500 at the time, they decided to bypass Paul Goldschmidt’s $130 million deal, agreeing that Freeman was the better player with a bigger resume. At the time, Excel suggested the offer should be for a period of six years.

Then, after the lockdown was over, Excel called the braves on March 12 to give them a counter-pair, telling them they needed an immediate response and needed to make their max bid, implying that they were ready to move. That night, sources say, Excel offered two options, “Braves prices,” which supposedly means a discounted deal for his favorite team: $165 million for five years or $175 million for six years. They also increased urgency by telling the brave they had exactly an hour to respond.

The Braves came back and said no thanks for the Excel numbers, but since they had to try something for the famous Brave after the World Series win and the end of the lockdown, sources say they verbally raised their bid to $140 million for five. It wasn’t a huge increase for a popular player, but Freeman’s representatives could have responded at that point, and it’s hard to imagine the Braves not going for at least $145 million given his value in the franchise. Instead, sources say the talks seemed to end amicably, as both sides began talking about other free Excel clients, and the Braves believed Freeman’s camp had upwards of $175 million and were on the verge of getting it.

Freddy Freeman was emotional receiving his World Championship ring when he visited the Dodgers' Braves.
Freddy Freeman was emotional receiving his World Championship ring when he visited the Dodgers’ Braves.
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    Freddy Freeman
Freddy Freeman while with the Braves.
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That’s when the Braves, who apparently thought Freeman was close to a deal elsewhere, turned their attention to other options. They tried to get Anthony Rizzo on the next day, getting nowhere, as they were told Rizzo wanted to wait until Freeman was off the plate (he might also have preferred to go back to the Yankees, where he soon relegated). So Braves GM Alex Anthopoulos invited Honcho Billy Bean on March 13 and he traded with Matt Olson the next day. The Braves soon announced a $168 million, eight-year deal, which shows just how much they wanted it.

The first problem is that Freeman clearly didn’t end up where he wanted even though the Braves made two competitive bids.

The second is that he didn’t get a better deal in Los Angeles than the one the Braves were said to have offered. $162 million over six years in Los Angeles was mitigated by an estimated $13 million tax increase in California versus Georgia, and $57 million in deferred money in the Los Angeles deal for another $13 million loss (Braves did not defer Anything) and about an additional $1 million in commission to Excel given the transaction is $22 million more minus the deferral (assuming a 5 percent commission). So the estimated value of a Dodgers deal is about the same, or a little lower, for an additional year of play. In any case, at least, the hand appears to have been overstated in light of how badly Freeman clearly wanted to stay in Georgia.

Axel, the second largest agency in the game and a huge success dealt with Derek Jeter, Goldschmidt, Kershaw, Zack Greinke and many other stars and landed several excellent contracts (i.e. $206.5 million for Greinke) on the verge of losing a second truly huge player. After getting great deals. Trevor Storey left after a $140 million six-year deal with the Red Sox. However, it is assumed that Excel will collect about $15 million in commissions from the two deals.

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