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Atlanta Braves lock up Freddie Freeman: Agree to 8-year deal

Freddie Freeman #5 of the Atlanta Braves looks on at the start of Game Two of the National League Division Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Turner Field on October 4, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia.
(Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

The Atlanta Braves consider first baseman Freddie Freeman a cornerstone player and they proved it. According to the Associated Press on Feb. 4, the Braves have reportedly agreed to an eight-year deal with Freeman worth about $125 million.

The 24-years-old Freeman was an All-Star for the Braves last year. The rising star hit .319 with 23 homers and 109 RBIs. It was this third consecutive year topping 20 home runs.

The Braves were busy on Tuesday as they also agree with 24-year-old outfield Jason Heyward to a $13.3 million, two-year contract. Both Heyward and Freeman filed for salary arbitration last month. Locking up both players assures the Braves will keep their nucleus of young stars together.

Freeman’s contract could surpass a contract signed by Chipper Jones before the 2001 season. It would be the largest in franchise history, which would reward the player who had his breakthrough season in 2013, finishing fifth in the National League MVP balloting.

At just 24, the 6-foot-5 first baseman may have his brightest days ahead of him and the Braves have made sure that they will be played in Atlanta.

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