Only a few things can force me out of my non-writing slumber. End of the lockout? Check. Clayton Kershaw re-signed? Check. Dodgers signing Freddie Freeman, absolutely Check. After making us wait for seemingly years, the Dodgers have reportedly signed first baseman Freddie Freeman. The terms are six-years for 162 million dollars and there are 162 million reasons why this is an incredible acquisition.
Looking at this from a Dodger fan’s point of view, it’s easy to say how great this signing is and how good the Dodger’s lineup is going to be in 2022. But that would be an understatement. Freeman is one of the best hitters in baseball and has been for years. We’ve seen what he can do for the past two seasons in the playoffs. He’s been a Dodger destroyer for over a decade, and now he’s going to wear Dodger Blue. This is so cool and yet so bizarre at the same time.
Freeman has had six seasons batting over .300, heck he batted .341 in 2020 when he won the National League MVP. He’s averaged a 138 OPS+, and slugged 271 home runs during his 12-year tenure in Atlanta. If you like to look at WAR he accumulated 43.1 over his career, and was worth almost 5 wins last year. Freeman is a career .290 postseason hitter, with 9 home runs. He batted .318 in the World Series last year when he led the Braves to the Championship. I could go on and on, but you get the point.
BREAKING: Freddie Freeman has agreed to terms with the Dodgers on a six-year, $162 million deal according to @JeffPassan and me.
— Kiley McDaniel (@kileymcd) March 17, 2022
The Universal Designated hitter gives the Dodgers a lot of flexibility. Freeman will be playing first base which means Max Muncy is going to have to move somewhere. The Dodgers could potentially put Muncy at DH while he recovers from his elbow injury he suffered at the end of last season. Or they could put Muncy at second, and move Trea Turner to Short, while someone else like AJ Pollock, or Chris Taylor moves to DH. There are a lot of possibilities here now and the Dodgers know this.
And how great is it to see Braves fans pissed off and sad? Just imagine how amazing it is going to be when the Dodgers and Braves face each other in the postseason again and it’s Freeman who smacks a game-winning, or series clinching hit for the boys in blue. Think about how painful that’s going to be for them. Everything comes full circle guys. Kudos to the Dodger’s front office for spending the dough. The 2022 Dodgers are going to be very good. Welcome home Freddie!