The clock continues to tick.
Alex Anthopoulos has been busy of late handing out contract extensions to catcher Travis d’Arnaud and Charlie Morton. The Atlanta Braves still have one big name whose contract status remains uncertain in reigning MVP Freddie Freeman. Many expected a new deal to be announced during Spring Training but that came and went. It has been relatively quiet with the clock ticking.
A report Thursday by MLB Network’s Jon Heyman reports that both sides have been discussing a new deal but a gap remains. Heyman adds that both sides are motivated to get a deal done and that is the likely outcome.
Freddie Freeman and Braves have been talking but there’s still a gap so free agency appears a surprisingly strong possibility. Both sides want to get it done and that’s the likelihood eventually. Reminiscent of Turner/LAD and HOF Jeter/NYY talks, great FA who stayed. @MLBNetwork
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) September 9, 2021
A couple of thoughts on this report. The Braves and Alex Anthopoulos are famous for keeping things close to the vest and you need look no further than the four trades that were made at the trade deadline as an example. The contract extensions for d’Arnaud and Morton both made sense and came out of nowhere as well.
The biggest takeaway here is that the two sides are talking. There may be a gap now between the two sides but that could change quickly. The Braves would be best served to get a deal done as soon as possible and before Freeman hits the open market when other interested clubs could help drive up the price.
The Braves need Freddie Freeman and reports suggest he wants to stay. There really isn’t an excuse for not getting a deal done.