Freddie Freeman

Freddie Freeman’s return to Atlanta caused widespread emotional distress among Braves supporters, and for a brief while, those fans believed they were “winning” the debate over whether or not Olson was a better player than Freeman. Somehow, they had to explain away the company’s terrible decision-making.

The Los Angeles Dodgers, however, have won this round and will have Freeman as their first baseman for the five years following the year 2022. He just committed to a $162 million deal over six years, with an annual average salary of $27 million.

Are you curious about how that stacks up against the rest of baseball? In terms of AAV, Freeman ranks 20th. The likes of Anthony Rendon, Gerrit Cole, Carlos Correa, Stephen Strasburg, Francisco Lindor, Corey Seager, David Price, Miguel Cabrera, Chris Sale, George Springer, and Giancarlo Stanton are all ahead of him. Quite extraordinary.

While Max Scherzer, Mike Trout, Jacob deGrom, Jose Altuve, Nolan Arenado, Bryce Harper, and Manny Machado are all deserving of more than $27 million annually, it’s fair to question if Freeman’s deal represents the best value among the league’s highest yearly marks.

At the age of 32, Freeman is on pace to break records and write his name in Dodgers annals. Unreal.

Does Dodgers’ Freddie Freeman Have the Best Value of Any Big Contract in Mlb?

The Braves’ decision to pay a younger player, Freeman, is easily debunked by comparing him to the veteran, Olson.

Freeman’s slash line was.328/.405/.517 with 191 hits, 46 doubles, 20 home runs, 95 RBI, 75 walks, 96 strikeouts, and an OPS+ of 152.

Olson’s batting line was.233/.318/.450 with 136 hits, 43 doubles, 28 home runs, 92 RBI, 70 walks, 161 strikeouts, and an OPS+ of 112.

Before Braves supporters start gushing over the doubles/home runs on Olson’s ledger, it is crucial to realize that Freeman has the power numbers and overall contact/hitting figures to boot. Freeman is on pace to win the batting title and record the most hits in all of MLB. Even more impressively, his strikeout percentage is 10% lower than Olson’s.

Paul Goldschmidt ($26 M AAV), Mookie Betts ($22.5 M AAV, but that number will climb as the years go on), Jose Ramirez ($22 M AAV), Kyle Schwarber ($19 M AAV), and… that’s it for the people that come even close to matching even one facet of Freeman’s everyday productivity.

Despite being a Gold Glove-caliber first baseman, defensive measures aren’t fair to Freeman (5.5) in WAR, giving the edge to Arenado (7.7), Goldschmidt (7.6), Machado (6.6), and Betts (6.0).

However, none of those players is the top hitter on the best team in Major League Baseball. That’s Freeman, who’s been rock solid for the team both on the field and in terms of his health. While it’s possible that the value of Freeman’s contract will decrease in its final two years, it’s now difficult to find a better deal among the league’s best/highest-paid players.

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