Boston Red Sox

Chaim Bloom and the Boston Red Sox have officially entered the Freddie Freeman sweepstakes, according to the latest update from MLB insider Jon Heyman.

“Red Sox have joined the Freddie Freeman sweepstakes as things get more interesting,” Heyman tweeted Tuesday. “Teams known to be in now: the Dodgers plus four from AL East: Yankees, Rays and Jays, too.”

It’s important to note that the Yankees have since dropped out of the Freeman, as they chose to re-sign Anthony Rizzo to a two-year deal worth over $30 million late Tuesday evening. According to Heyman, the Yankees ‘tried hard’ for Freeman but ultimately got the sense that he did not want to come to the Bronx, and noted that their fear is that he’ll join the Red Sox.

The 32-year-old Freeman is in search of a new team after spending the first 12 years of his career with the Braves, and after a 2021 campaign that included a .300 average with 31 homers, 83 RBIs, and a World Series championship for Atlanta. Freeman’s 2021 campaign also came with the 6-foot-5 masher’s fifth career All-Star nod and third straight Silver Slugger honor.

Overall, Freeman, who captured National League Most Valuable Player honors in 2020, has hammered 271 career homers and 941 RBIs to go with a .295 career average and .893 career OPS.

And if you’re looking for an added bonus with his already-impressive numbers, Freeman has also experienced considerable success at Fenway Park in his career, with 24 hits, one home run, eight RBIs, and a .353 average in 17 career games in Boston.

Freeman is reportedly seeking a six-year deal worth $180 million.

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