Top Dodgers players lobbying for Freddie Freeman signing?
Do you think the remaining Los Angeles Dodgers players were overwhelmed when the team re-sign Chris Taylor and added Andrew Heaney and Daniel Hudson after losing Max Scherzer and Corey Seager? After watching Clayton Kershaw and Kenley Jansen float deeper into the free agency waters amid the MLB lockout?
Of course not! This team got significantly worse in a month’s time and there’s a lot of heavy lifting to be done once a new CBA is signed, sealed and delivered.
Management is no doubt working tirelessly to determine the most effective next steps, but will there be some help from players in the form of lobbying? A few guys, if we’re to believe David Vassegh of AM 570 LA Sports, are apparently all board the Freddie Freeman train.
Then again, who isn’t? Stating something that obvious just feels like tweeting well-known news that was broken by somebody else and then giving them a H/T five returns down. It’s not exactly anything surprising.
Dodgers Rumors: LA players lobbying for Braves free agent Freddie Freeman?
Then again, it’s at least a fun scenario to imagine. Mookie Betts, Trea Turner, Justin Turner, Walker Buehler and an ailing Max Muncy all huddled up chanting “Free-man, FREE-man, FREE-MAN!” in a circle while FaceTiming Andrew Friedman.
Here’s what Vassegh said on the radio:
"“I had three different Dodger players of significance text me after Seager’s news was announced, ‘Freddie Freeman. Freddie Freeman. Freddie Freeman.’”"
Another confusing aspect of this report from Vassegh is that fact it indicates Dodgers players weren’t upset by Seager’s departure? They just immediately fired off Freddie Freeman texts, numb to the news that their 2020 World Series hero opted to take more money to play for one of the worst teams in the sport? These Dodgers “of significance” were ready to burn their Corey Seager jerseys in a poorly produced Twitter video?
The one positive we can take out of this obvious-yet-misplaced report is that maybe these Dodgers of influence are trying to further drive home the impact of Freeman to the front office — if that’s not already clear enough. Anytime both the players and management are on the same page, you know this kind of pairing typically works out.
Even better? Since the players are on the same side, they can communicate. Let’s see some of these guys at the next Lakers game holding up “Freeman to Dodgers” signs. Maybe another Dodger can get married and invite Freeman to try and make him part of the family. Doesn’t matter how it gets done … just matters that it does.