It seems you possibly can add one other group to the Freddie Freeman sweepstakes — and it’s a shocking one.
In line with MLB Community’s Jon Heyman, the Rays made Freeman a proposal previous to the league-imposed lockout that started Dec. 2.
The notoriously low-payroll Rays would appear to be an unlikely vacation spot for Freeman, one of many high free brokers remaining in the marketplace, and their curiosity within the 32-year-old might complicate issues for the Yankees.
Not solely would the Yankees wish to keep away from seeing Freeman of their division, Tampa Bay would virtually actually solely be capable to land Freeman if he’s unable to get a five- or six-year deal elsewhere — which is how the Yankees might select to swoop in on the lefty swinger.
Lengthy believed to be headed again to Atlanta, Freeman unexpectedly was nonetheless in the marketplace greater than a month into free company, which gave groups — just like the Yankees and Dodgers — a gap.
Freeman is believed to be in search of a contract within the neighborhood of six years and $180 million.
And he’s not the one first baseman who could also be on the transfer as soon as the MLB lockout ends and transactions are as soon as once more allowed.
Anthony Rizzo can also be a free agent and, after a strong exhibiting in The Bronx after a midseason commerce from the Cubs, may be up for a reunion. He would value much less and wish fewer years than Freeman, who led the Braves to a World Collection title in October.
Then there’s Oakland’s Matt Olson, who is predicted to be moved sooner moderately than later by the at all times cost-cutting A’s.
The Yankees are additionally significantly keen on Olson, who, like Rizzo and Freeman, would give them one other left-handed bat.
At present, Luke Voit stays the one first baseman on the Yankees’ 40-man roster. He’s assured he’s wholesome after a season through which he was plagued with left knee points. Voit could be due about $5.4 million in arbitration.
With the lockout now in its fourth month and MLB and the MLB Gamers Affiliation caught in a stalemate, the work stoppage doesn’t appear to be near an finish.
And what the game’s monetary state of affairs seems like on the opposite facet will play a task in how the first-base market develops, for the reason that foremost sticking level between the perimeters within the struggle over a brand new collective bargaining settlement is the aggressive stability tax.