LOS ANGELES ( Associated Press) — Former Los Angeles Dodgers Agent star Freddie Freeman says the Braves are projecting a “false narrative” about the first baseman’s split with Atlanta in March.
“I will not stand because the circumstances surrounding Freddie Freeman’s departure from Atlanta are incorrect,” Accel Sports Management agent Casey Close said in a statement Thursday.
Freeman had tears in his eyes and sometimes could barely speak as he spoke to reporters in Atlanta last week, his first trip to the city where he played his entire career before leaving for the West Coast. Braves fans gave him a warm welcome. He helped the team win the World Series last season and Braves manager Brian Snitker presented him with his ring.
Freeman’s return came at the same time that he apparently fired Axel as did his management team. When asked about this, he described the relationship as “fluid”.
The Braves and Freeman were negotiating a new contract after the 2021 season ended. They did not reach an agreement, and Freeman filed for free agency, but did not sign before baseball entered labor lockout on December 1, causing the roster to freeze.
In mid-March, the Braves acquired All-Star first baseman Matt Olson in a trade with Oakland. Three days later, Freeman signed a $162 million, six-year deal with the Dodgers.
Close said the Braves are perpetuating a story about contract negotiations that is false.
“Part of that false narrative is the suggestion that I did not offer Freeman the contract,” Close said in the statement. “To be clear, we explained every proposal we made, as well as every communication we made to Excel with the Brave organization throughout the process.”
Freeman expressed no regrets about signing with the Dodgers last week, although his outburst of feelings attracted the attention of his new teammates.
“It’s something Freddy has to deal with, but there’s certainly more discussion about it in our clubhouse,” manager Dave Roberts said on Thursday.
The Dodgers returned from a nine-match tour early Thursday and did not practice batting before hosting the San Diego Padres. Freeman was not available to speak to reporters.
Freeman declined to comment Wednesday on radio host Doug Gottlieb’s tweet, in which Freeman fired Close because he didn’t tell him about the Braves’ final contract offer in March.
“Doug Gottlieb tweeted a completely false characterization of our conversation with the Atlanta Braves on behalf of Freddie Freeman. We are immediately evaluating all legal options to address the reckless publication of misinformation,” Close said. said in a statement on Wednesday.
Close noted Thursday that his 30-year career in baseball and his reputation for honesty and integrity.
“I’ve always worked with the utmost character,” he said. “We always put the player’s goals and best interests first and will always continue to do so.”
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