Freddie Freeman reportedly terminating agreement with agents

Freddie Freeman has reportedly filed paperwork to end his relationship with his longtime agents at Excel Sports Management and said in a statement his “representation remains a fluid situation” barely three months after signing a six-year 162 deal million dollars signed with the Dodgers.

ESPN reported early Tuesday afternoon that Freeman was planning to switch deputies.

According to a person with knowledge of the situation who was not authorized to speak on the record, MLB Players Assn. sent an email to all agents urging them not to contact Freeman, a procedure that usually takes place after a player switches deputies.

In his statement made available to MLB.comFreeman said he was “working on some issues with my longtime agents at Excel” and will “update [the situation] if needed.”

The move was the latest sign that Freeman was seemingly unhappy with the way his free agency was developing ahead of the season, when the longtime Atlanta Braves star was unable to secure a new contract with his old team despite his publicly stated desire to stay in Atlanta .

As the offseason began, the industry expected Freeman to re-sign with the Braves. Even the Dodgers, who quietly wooed him before MLB’s 99-day suspension, weren’t initially optimistic about luring away the formerly most valuable player.

But when free reign resumed after the lockout ended in March, negotiations between the Braves and Freeman’s camp quickly collapsed.

At the heart of the fallout was a reported March 12 deadline given to the Braves by Freeman’s agents at Excel. According to an ESPN report at the time, the Braves had offered a five-year, $140 million deal, to which Freeman’s agents responded with two counter-proposals, one for five years and one for six years, both for significantly more money.

Neither side found a middle ground. And two days later, the Braves acquired All-Star first baseman Matt Olson from the Oakland Athletics, effectively eliminating any chance of Freeman returning to the only club he’d ever played for.

After signing with the Dodgers on March 16 — in a deal that included $57 million in deferred payments, which put him worth a little over $148 million today — Freeman shared during his introductory press conference the Dodgers his displeasure with the Braves.

He said he was “taken by surprise” by the Olson deal and claimed that up to that point he still believed he would return to Atlanta.

Noting that Braves Brass only contacted him directly twice throughout the process, he lamented that “the communication wasn’t there as we went through the off-season.”

He even seemed to doubt the sincerity of Braves general manager Alex Anthopoulos’ tearful reactions earlier this week over the apparent loss of the franchise first baseman.

“The last week has been a bit of a whirlwind,” Freeman said at the time. “But I don’t want to be anywhere else now.”

In the three months since, however, Freeman’s view of his free agency process seems to have changed.

He had a three-hour FaceTime conversation with Anthopoulos, where “he said his side and I listened,” Freeman said. “And that was the degree I needed.”

He spoke enthusiastically of his time with the Braves during an emotional return to Atlanta last weekend and cried several times at the reception he received from his old club.

And while he didn’t give many details as he reflected on his free agency, his attitude towards the Braves seemed to have softened since the spring – while his dissatisfaction with his agents seemed to have skyrocketed.

“I know a lot of people don’t know exactly what happened and I’m not going to put it in quotes and the media, I’m just not here to do this PR stuff,” he said. “I spoke to the people I needed to speak to after everything collapsed. My wife and I are at peace. Thinking about the past only affects your happiness in the present and in the future. We settled in there.”

Freeman added, “There’s nothing I can do to change what happened. All you can do is learn from your experiences. And I definitely learned a lot.”

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Emma Bowman

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