How can you not discuss it when the Cubs get mentioned with Freddie Freeman? It’s gotta be absolutely silly, but I saw it, so now you’ll see it.
I truly find this more humorous than anything else:
There’s believed no Freeman deal yet with the Dodgers, and with the incumbent Braves presumed out now, there has to be hope among the thought-to-be long shots, including the Yankees and Rays. Others that could make sense: Cubs, Red Sox
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) March 14, 2022
CUBS AND FREDDIE FREEMAN OMGGGGGGG. It’s fun and funny, if nothing else. But I do not see this going anywhere.
Let me go as far as I can with this one: sure, like *ANY* free agent this offseason, there is a price at which the Cubs would be in on Freeman. It’s probably even a big number! The Cubs have spots available all over, they have money to spend, and they’re looking for “value.” That doesn’t always mean one-year deals – it just means a price tag where you feel like, yo, this is just too good to pass up.
So, yeah, sure, the Cubs could have a spot for a stud first base bat, and they would sign Freeman at a great value. But … I mean … that’s lots of teams. And that isn’t going to happen. Freeman is going to get a bajillion dollars from the Dodgers, and that’ll be that.
In other words, when I see a stray mention of the Cubs – and another random big market team! – I mostly just think that a deal with another team is at the one-yard line, and the agent wants to squeeze one more million out of the team. “Hey, there are others who still make sense, so if you want this done right now, just go to $X.” The Freeman camp lost a ton of leverage with the Matt Olson trade to the Braves, so they maybe would like to try to get a teeny, tiny bit back. I figure that’s all this is, *IF* it’s anything at all.