Feb 4, 2014, 8:01 PM EDT
Frank Wren secures franchise face. Freddie Freeman @ 8 years, $135M.
— Peter Gammons (@pgammo) February 5, 2014
That’s the richest contract in franchise history (averaging $16.875 million annually) and could keep Freeman in a Braves uniform through the 2021 season. It buys out all three of his arbitration years (2014-2016) and five years of free agency (2017-2021). The 24-year-old first baseman batted .319/.396/.501 with 23 home runs and 109 RBI in 147 games last summer for Atlanta, earning a fifth-place finish in the National League MVP vote.
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