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Braves fans look away. It turns out Freddie Freeman’s agent, Casey Close, hid the Braves’ final offer that he believed Freeman would accept to lead the star first baseman to the Dodgers’ more lucrative $162 million offer. Freeman has since fired the agent and baseball Twitter is in a frenzy.
My oh my.
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To be clear, this is like divorcing your wife because your best friend told you she cheated, and then learning the story was fabricated after the ink dried. Pathetic and disappointing for baseball fans everywhere, especially Atlanta Braves fans, because Freddie Freeman was meant to retire a Brave. Can still happen via trade years from now, but the World Series champion was always meant to stay in Atlanta.
The story here is that half of Braves country showed animosity towards Freeman after believing their former star chose the money. Partially true, however what fans didn’t realize was that the Braves eventually offered a deal south of $162 million that would have been accepted had Freeman known about it.
Doug Gottlieb is reporting that Freeman learned of their final offer this past weekend, which lead to Casey Close’s firing.
What do we do now?
Does commissioner Rob Manfred get involved here? Could Freddie Freeman potentially sue Close for withholding valuable information that led him to L.A.? It’s not like money was stolen from him as that $162 million deal will still clear to his bank account, but he moved his entire family cross country because, to his knowledge, the Braves hadn’t made a competitive offer.
Freddie Freeman was set to take a discount as long as the gap between the Braves’ and Dodgers’ offers wasn’t outrageous. A choice any player loyal to a fan base would make. We don’t know what happens with this situation over the next couple of months, but we have to imagine Braves fans are feeling some type of way this afternoon. Say it ain’t so.
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Not sure what the difference in taxes is as well. I always get confused why athletes take the bigger deal when some of these states tax rates are outrageous. Agent deserved to be fired and lose more clients.
I’m sure Womanfred agrees with what Close did since Georgia passed Jim Crow 2.0 laws that led to 100K+ more blacks voting than the last primary……
Whatever Womanfred does, I’m sure he’ll check with Al Sharpton first.
Close should be prevented from representing any MLB players for life. What he did is as bad as betting on baseball.
Betting on baseball is bad? Have you seen the outfield fences in MLB parks advertising the MLB connection to BetMLB? MLB has an agreement with a huge betting house that they advertise.
Yep for players its the death penalty
If I’m not mistaken Casey Close was also Derek Jeter’s longtime agent. His wife a former Miss America and former FoxNews personality ….
Casey Close should have no credibility if the details discovered in the last couple of days are true.
Freddie had a good cry and is over it now. Has he always been this sensitive? It doesn’t affect his play. Go Freddie, Go Dodgers!
This is some grade A BS served up by this agency. Freddie should still be a Brave. And Matt Olson should be in LF helping us win the pennant…again.
If it`s true, that`s really fucked up. Weird how he wouldn`t know about that offer until now. You`d think someone in the Braves front office would have leaked that after the offer was declined by his agent.
WOW. If this is true, this agent is D-O-N-E.
Although a different time, similar thing happened with Bobby Orr. The Bruins offered Orr a percentage of the franchise but his agent, Alan Eagleson, never told Bobby about it and he signed with the Black Hawks. Eagleson’s life eventually caught up with him (embezzling player pension funds) was jailed and removed from hockey HOF. If this guy is anywhere near as bad as Eagleson, he should be strung up.