2. Freddie Freeman
The Atlanta Braves and Freddie Freeman have to come to their senses … right?
Well … not really. If they haven’t done it by now, why should they? If the Braves haven’t bent on adding a sixth year, why would they? Especially with a Matt Olson trade also on the table for them, according to what we’ve heard.
This one will come down to the Yankees, Dodgers and Braves, but though all the momentum is currently spiraling away from Atlanta, we happen to think these two crazy kids are going to work it out.
Even if the Yankees balked at dealing Oswald Peraza prior to the lockout, they still seem like the odds-on favorites to add Olson to their Opening Day roster. And, in our estimation, the Dodgers will use their cash elsewhere instead of signing the California kid Freeman for his final long-term chapter.
Though Freeman’s son Charlie might ask to join the NL West so he can see his hero Fernando Tatis Jr. more often, we think he settles with what’s familiar.
Contract Prediction: Atlanta Braves, Six Years, $180 Million
Yankees Chances: 15%
1. Carlos Correa
Here’s where the Dodgers’ Freeman money is going.
That didn’t take long, right? I bet you were like, “Hey, he said in the Freeman blurb they would spend the cash elsewhere. Where would they — oh, scroll down once, got it.”
Carlos Correa and the Dodgers have an even more explosive history to get over than Correa and the Yankees do. After all, the Dodgers lost the tainted 2017 World Series; the Yankees only lost the ALCS. It was Joe Kelly of the Dodgers who tossed the ball at Correa, then pouted at him back in 2020.
Without Corey Seager in Hollywood, it’s an easy sell, though, as Correa looks to propel himself past the Francisco Lindor $341 million threshold thanks to the power of Scott Boras.
We think he very slightly edges past it, while Trea Turner heads to free agency next offseason. The Yankees don’t make even one phone call on either player.
Contract Prediction: Los Angeles Dodgers, Nine Years, $345 Million
Yankees Chances: 0%