Atlanta Braves still working on Freddie Freeman extension

Sep 2, 2021; Denver, Colorado, USA; Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman (5) reacts at second base after hitting a double against the Colorado Rockies in the fifth inning at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 2, 2021; Denver, Colorado, USA; Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman (5) reacts at second base after hitting a double against the Colorado Rockies in the fifth inning at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports /
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As the Atlanta Braves continue to lock in players for the upcoming season, there is one name that is conspicuously absent. Freddie Freeman has yet to be locked in, a surprising development for a player that was not expected to reach free agency. With just a few weeks before the offseason, it is become more and more likely that Freeman will be on the market.

That is not stopping the Braves from doing their best to lock in their star first baseman. According to Jon Heyman, the two sides are discussing an extension, but are still somewhat far apart.

Atlanta Braves trying to lock in Freddie Freeman

While Freeman is slated to become a free agent this offseason, he was not expected to come close to actually testing the market. He has been a key part of the Braves success over the years, a leader on and off the diamond who has become synonymous with the franchise.

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The Braves have displayed a willingness to open the checkbook this season. Charlie Morton will get $20 million next year, a sign that the team has money to spend. It would not be a surprise for that checkbook to open one more time to ensure that Freeman does not go anywhere.

The defending National League MVP has put together another typically strong season. Freeman has produced a .292/.388/.498 batting line in his 598 plate appearances entering Thursday, hitting 28 homers and 20 doubles. While he may not win the MVP again this season, that production has been sorely needed by the Braves lineup.

That combination of production and leadership would not be easily replaced. Freeman is more than just his numbers, something that the organization is well aware of. But time is starting to run out before Freeman will get a chance to test the market.

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The Atlanta Braves are attempting to keep Freddie Freeman in town. However, it is getting more likely that he tests free agency this offseason.