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Chipper Jones Blasts Ex-Brave Freddie Freeman

Freddie Freeman recently signed a six-year, $162 million deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers, and his exit from Atlanta has hit plenty fans in the feels. Braves Hall of Famer Chipper Jones is NOT happy it came to this, and he spoke with 680 The Fan to voice his displeasure.

“I told Freddie this, but I have no problem telling everybody this, including Freddie: I do not agree with the way that this was handled on Freddie’s side. If you want to play in Atlanta, then you play in Atlanta. You maybe taking a little less to be happy and play in a place that is comfortable to you. The second that Freddie told me, when he rejected the 5 for $135 million after the All-Star break, I told him, ‘You’re playing a very dangerous game. You get courted by all the pretty girls that are on the block, chances are you’re not going to come back. If you take your time waiting on that sixth year, maybe into January, (Braves GM) Alex Anthopoulos has a job to do.”

Tough criticism to take from one of baseball’s all-time greats and a former Atlanta Brave. This take is a low blow from Chipper and is probably an opinion that should’ve stayed private.

Chipper Jones is exactly correct that Freddie Freeman could’ve stayed in Atlanta if that’s what he wanted. The question is at what cost? At no point did the Hall of Famer mention that Braves GM Alex Anthopoulos could’ve potentially used that to his advantage with a low ball offer. Freddie Freeman played on what most baseball executives called a “team friendly” contract, yet Freeman is again being asked to take less to remain in the ATL.

Why can’t Chipper Jones acknowledge that perhaps the Braves received enough of a discount for Freddie over the years and that it was time for the 2021 World Series champion Braves to pay up? Chipper offered a take he knew would resonate with middle class Atlanta Braves fans that called the newly acquired Dodger a traitor for getting paid what he’s worth. It’s almost difficult for a player to gather sympathy when a team won’t throw in another year to a $30+ million deal.

Asking why Freddie didn’t accept far less money and years to remain with the Braves is like asking a girl not getting her needs met why she stuck around. The answer is simple: sometimes we hold out for the ones we love. Who’s to say Freddie Freeman wouldn’t have returned to the Braves, had the team offered that sixth year? Based on how loyal and impactful Freeman was the past 12 years, we can assume he’d be an Atlanta Brave if they did. Pretending he’s selfish and played unnecessary hardball with an organization is just inappropriate, and more importantly, it’s likely wrong.

Freddie Freeman was an awesome player for the Braves. It’s best everyone just moves on and appreciates what was rather than why it didn’t go another way.

 

Written by Gary Sheffield, Jr

Gary Sheffield Jr is the son of should-be MLB Hall of Famer, Gary Sheffield. He covers basketball and baseball for OutKick.com, chats with the Purple and Gold faithful on LakersNation, and shitposts on Twitter. You can follow him at GarySheffieldJr

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  1. with state taxes he will probably be making less in LA, with the bigger contract than he would of made in Georgia. Not to mention not having to deal with the wokesters that have blanketed this state.

  2. Chipper said what he said because he loves the organization he played for his entire career. Freddie said he did. Regular Joe’s like me like to think people might actually want to play for a team and a city; taking a little less so the team can bring on even more talent. Sorry us middle class folk don’t get why he would want to go to LA and get killed with taxes. I’m sure you’ve read the Olney piece and there is a lot more. Look at what he got from the Dodgers for 6 years vs what his agent gave AA an hour to agree upon. They demanded 175 mil for ) years from Atlanta. He 162 from LA and.. AGAIN.. the taxes. Freddie had his agent and his old lady in his ear. Or he was just full of shut the whole time. AA won’t the battle. We’ll see if the Braves will win the war.

  3. Gary, I think you’re wrong here. Freddie didn’t have to say that he wanted to stay. If he was going to only go after the largest pay, then say so. The reports are that his agent gave the Braves an ultimatum, give him one of two deals that included 6 years. The Braves were not going to give him a sixth year. They made that clear. So, Alex couldn’t be left holding the bag, so he made the trade to get Olson. Freddie was shocked, so evidently he was not aware of what his agent was doing. As Chipper also said on the radio, the agent works for you not the other way around. Freddie played a game of chicken and lost, but he’s got a good fall back plan.

    I don’t blame him for taking the money, but don’t be insincere and say you want to stay in Atlanta. The sad thing is that the contract difference was negligible once you consider taxes.

    And I don’t blame Chipper for speaking out. He told Freddie what was going to happen and Freddie didn’t listen and he’s pissed. It’s actually refreshing.

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