After the World Series, Freddie Freeman will be a free agent, so how much could his next contract be?
With an MVP and a Gold Glove under his belt, Freddie Freeman has spent his whole career with the Atlanta Braves. His game-winning home shot in the eighth inning against the Milwaukee Brewers sent the Braves in the NLCS for the second year in a row on Tuesday night.
Freeman has stated that he wants to play for the Braves for the rest of his career. In late September, he informed USA Today’s Bob Nightengale the following.
“I’ve been with this organization for 15 years, practically half my life, and it means the world to me,” Freeman said. “I am a member of the Atlanta Braves. His organization is fantastic. I’m at a loss for words.
“You know, the grass isn’t always greener on the other side, and the grass here is very green.” I understand that everything has a business side to it, but I truly hope we can figure out where I’ll be staying here. It’s strange that it’s come to this. But I don’t want to go somewhere else.
“It would mean the world to me if I could spend the rest of my life here.”
Freeman’s eight-year, $135 million contract with the Braves was slated to end after the World Series in 2014. The Braves have yet to reach a contract extension with their franchise cornerstone.
Freeman, 32, has shown no symptoms of slowing down at the plate, missing only seven games in the last four regular seasons. He appears to be assured that he will give the Braves every opportunity to keep him before considering outside free agent suitors.
Will the Braves be able to match Freeman’s market price? Will he give them a discount because they’re from the area?
How much will Freddie Freeman’s contract cost?
In 2017, Freeman’s current/expiring deal paid him more than $20 million each year, and he earned $22 million this season. As he approaches free agency, Spotrac estimates his market value to be just shy of $27.3 million per year.
With few exceptions, super-long contracts for senior players become albatrosses for teams as time passes. As a result, the Braves must exercise caution in that area. However, a five- or six-year agreement would be a reasonable expectation for Freeman, with a total worth of $135 million (five years) or $162 million (six years) based on simple calculation (six years). If the Braves refuse to pay that amount, which is north of $25 million each year, someone else will.