Joc Pederson teases what could be to come in MLB free agency

Oct 8, 2021; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; Atlanta Braves left fielder Joc Pederson (22) celebrates he runs the bases after hitting a solo home run in the eighth inning against the Milwaukee Brewers during game one of the 2021 NLDS at American Family Field. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 8, 2021; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; Atlanta Braves left fielder Joc Pederson (22) celebrates he runs the bases after hitting a solo home run in the eighth inning against the Milwaukee Brewers during game one of the 2021 NLDS at American Family Field. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports /
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Coming off a World Series win as a member of the Atlanta Braves, outfielder Joc Pederson is like a lot of Major League Baseball players, waiting for the current MLB lockout to end so he can find his next contract and destination.

With the careers of so many free agents on hold because of the MLB lockout, Pederson is one of many just waiting for the transaction freeze to be lifted and the offseason to begin again. Once teams can start signing free agents again, Pederson believes it will be a spectacle to behold.

Joc Pederson is one of many free agents just waiting for the MLB lockout to be over and “the craziest free agent frenzy” to begin

We may not know exactly when the MLB lockout will end … or when spring training for those on 40-man rosters will begin … or when the signing of free agents will begin. However, when it does happen, Pederson is ready with the popcorn.

Of course, Pederson won’t just be munching on popcorn and watching everything unfold. He will also be seeing where he will play a season after splitting time between the Chicago Cubs and Atlanta Braves (following a pre-trade deadline deal that helped Atlanta rebuild its lineup and outfield) and helping the Braves win their first World Series since 1995.

The soon-to-be-30-year-old Pederson made a difference for the Braves in his short time there, hitting seven homers and driving in 22 in 194 plate appearances after coming over in the trade. His impact was felt in the postseason as well, on and off the field. Pederson slashed .429/.429/1.286 with a pair of home runs and five RBI in the National League Division Series win over the Milwaukee Brewers. His pearl necklace also became a fixture for the Braves and their fans in the postseason as well.

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MLB fans are ready for the offseason and free agent pickups to begin again. Grab the popcorn as Pederson and others find their new homes for the 2022 season and beyond.