Well this is as wild as it gets. I mean, the Atlanta Braves, who could not finalize a new long-term deal with Freddie Freeman over the course of the final year or two of his deal, took less than 24 hours to sign new first baseman Matt Olson to an eight-year deal.
Braves fans’ heads must absolutely be spinning:
— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) March 15, 2022
Olson, who is about to turn 28, very well COULD be better than Freeman the next couple years (the ones the Braves already had under control after giving up a huge prospect package to acquire him). And Freeman is 32. So I don’t want to act like the Braves just traded for a guy so they could pay him instead of long-time fan-favorite (and recent MVP!) Freddie Freeman. But, I mean, they signed the deal in under 24 hours, so they pretty clearly had a precise plan in place.
This is just wild. That’s a really low AAV, too, by the way, if Olson keeps on raking.