Are you sick of the Los Angeles Dodgers-Freddie Freeman rumors? How could you be?! During the MLB lockout, fans have to be at least a little bit excited about their team possibly landing the best first baseman in the game when a new CBA is signed.
While most of the Freeman chatter has largely been speculative or featured reactions based on comments from those closer to the Atlanta Braves’ camp, this time we have some legitimate player action on the free agency front.
For whatever reason, former Dodgers and current Giants pitcher Alex Wood made it clear (jokingly) didn’t want Freeman in the NL West … though we’re not sure why he didn’t just link San Fran to the slugging first baseman.
Wood’s comment essentially alluded to the Dodgers, because, well, do you see Freeman signing with the Rockies, Diamondbacks or Padres? San Diego would be an attractive destination but they have so many more moving parts to handle before making such a blockbuster transaction.
Justin Turner wants Freddie Freeman on the Dodgers.
And that’s when Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner stepped in, realizing what Wood was getting at. Turner, who wouldn’t have a dissenting response unless he knew exactly what Wood was referring to, wanted everyone to smash the “dislike” button on the left-hander’s message … in what appeared to be a skillful attempt to lobby for Freeman to join the Dodgers.
Remember not too long ago it was a “foregone conclusion” that Freeman was going to return to Atlanta? Well, now we have players joking around about the World Series champ’s next home outside of the organization he’s spent his entire career with.
What can we gather from this? While fans of just about every team have been attempting to live out free agency/trade dreams while transactions are on hold, the players seemingly haven’t been that much different. Turner has apparently envisioned throwing rockets over to Freeman at first base wearing Dodger Blue and Wood has feared of that becoming a reality as well.
So next time you make fun of diehards trying to craft a perfect offseason scenario for their teams, just remember the players aren’t too far off in their desires and assessments. And Dodgers fans will be on the Freeman-to-LA train until he officially signs elsewhere whenever this torturous lockout comes to a close.