A few days have passed since the Atlanta Braves traded for first baseman Matt Olson and decided to move on from the Freddie Freeman era.
Nobody questions their decision to switch to Olson for the future: he is younger and is a very comparable player at this point of their careers.
But there is a feeling that the Braves could have handled the situation a little better.
After all, we are talking about a player who has been with them since 2010, with many successful moments and happy memories.
Freeman gave the Braves an MVP-worthy performance in 2020 and carried the team to the World Series title in 2021.
One would think that they at least owed some honesty to their star first baseman.
The Braves Didn’t Insist Too Much With Freeman
According to USA Today’s Bob Nightengale, there just wasn’t much interest by the Braves in retaining the slugger, who hit .300 with 31 home runs and 120 runs scored last year.
“Freddie Freeman says he got only 2 calls from Atlanta all winter while the #Dodgers were much more aggressive in their pursuit,” Nightengale tweeted on Friday.
Freddie Freeman says he got only 2 calls from Atlanta all winter while the #Dodgers were much more aggressive in their pursuit
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) March 18, 2022
Freeman arrived to the Dodgers’ training camp today, and is ready to start a new chapter with a new team.
The Braves went younger, but they weren’t classy with their former star.
They also didn’t let him know about their plans to acquire Olson, not even right before pulling the trigger on the trade.
There is a feeling that he deserved better.
Now, everybody has moved on, and the two teams will probably face each other in the postseason for years to come.
Freeman will still wear number 5, just in a different city.