Sure, the Los Angeles Dodgers landing Freddie Freeman is unlikely … but so was the New York Mets signing Max Scherzer to a three-year, $130 million contract. Again, please do not tell us anything is impossible during any given MLB offseason.
Thus far, it’s been a rough go for the Dodgers, so fans are likely praying for the most farfetched scenarios to come to fruition. Scherzer is gone. Corey Seager is now a member of the Texas Rangers. Corey Knebel might land in Philly. Chris Taylor has multiple suitors. And there’s still no word on Clayton Kershaw and Kenley Jansen.
To make matters worse, Max Muncy revealed he has a torn UCL, which was suffered during the final game of the regular season. That’s AFTER fans were told there was no ligament damage and that there was a chance he could return to action should the Dodgers make the World Series.
Assuming that wrinkle has a good chance of further affecting the 2022 Opening Day lineup, perhaps some Freddie Freeman rumors can help ease the panic.
Can the Dodgers make up for their losses by adding Freddie Freeman?
What a coup this would be. Stealing the game’s best first baseman away from the World Series champs and bringing him back home to Southern California? Throw in a couple of pitching trades and some depth signings and it’s like the Dodgers never really lost anything.
Such a move would help the Dodgers buy time should Muncy miss time, too. With Trea Turner taking over at shortstop, Gavin Lux can fill in at second base while Muncy works his way back. With Muncy at second base once he’s ready, the Dodgers’ infield will have hardly missed a beat should Seager’s production be supplemented with Freeman, who’s a better left-handed hitter and much more durable player despite the fact he’s 32 years old.
If you’re doubting Freeman leaving Atlanta, we surely understand. He’s a team legend. He’s voiced his desire to stay. But with the lockout looming in less than 36 hours, it speaks volumes that the Braves didn’t prioritize this deal shortly after their World Series victory. Didn’t we say the same thing about a lack of talks with Seager? Look where he ended up.
Everybody has a price. Scherzer proved that when he bolted for the Mets despite previous reports suggesting he didn’t want to pitch in New York. Freeman joining a star-studded Dodgers roster and leading the charge for one of the most historic franchises in the game — all the while getting paid a ton of money — might have him change course.