Don’t expect a positive Freddie Freeman update around these parts ever again, Yankees fans! Unfortunately, though you’ve likely already accepted Freeman-to-the-Dodgers, things appear to be getting worse after the Atlanta Braves scorned him on Monday afternoon.
By now, you’re well aware that Atlanta pulled the wool over Freeman’s eyes by blindsiding him (and the Yankees!) with an Olson deal midday Monday. So much for the mythical Olson/Sean Manaea/Sean Murphy package that simply had to be coming after Sunday night’s Twins bombshell.
But wait, there’s more! More bad!
Because the reports that emerged in the wake of Freeman losing the only home he’s ever known in MLB indicated the Dodgers were serious, the Yankees were trying (but would have to overcome a geographical hurdle), and two surprise bidders — the Blue Jays and Rays — were actually very much involved.
Surely, that’s not real, right? Surely, those two teams are just being used to put pressure on LA in the same way that … well, we probably were?
Well … don’t tell that to those teams! Because ’90s MLB star Carlos Baerga believes the Jays have already signed Freeman, and current Blue Jay Lourdes Gurriel Jr. didn’t exactly dissuade that notion in the comments.
Yankees Rumors: Freddie Freeman to Blue Jays?
Now, is that, “Shush, don’t ruin it” or “Shush, it’s official”? Two very different varieties of shushes, neither of which is very appealing to us.
Freeman can now play the disrespect card all he wants on the open market after the Braves flagrantly flashed their need to get younger and cheaper in his face. Why the World Champions preferred to gut their farm for Olson, we’ll never know, but the ex-Atlanta first baseman doing something rash is now on the table.
And … that’s a pretty exceptional core to join up in Canada, where Baerga would like to remind you that Freeman has Canadian parentage. Guess you can add another home to Atlanta and Los Angeles, eh?
The Blue Jays would have to reshuffle their alignment significantly to add Freeman, moving Vlad Guerrero Jr. to DH, but … well, some teams are willing to bend pieces like that to make the team better. The Yankees aren’t quite so creative, and seem to feel they have enough talent already.
Who knows? Maybe they shock the world on Freeman? Or maybe the move is already done.