The Top 50 Contracts Of ALL – Time IN MLB: Freddie Freeman Is 29th With His New Deal – But It Makes Sense
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Freddie Freeman is worth the money he just signed for when it comes to his talent level, age and production thus far.
Yesterday, the 24 Year Old First Baseman inked a 8 YR deal worth $135 MIL with the Tomahawk Choppers. As someone who was just entering the 1st year of Arbitration Eligibility, he was bought out of that negotiation.
The Braves will pay more money in the short – term, but will make up for it in the long run – by not having to dole out 200+ MIL bucks for the guy once he could have hit Free Agency.
Lets just say that Atlanta would have paid Freeman $35 MIL over the next 3 years (2014 – 2016) in Arbitration cash. Would you not then extend this ALL – Star to a 5 YR Deal worth $100 MIL.
Absolutely you would. 25 other MLB clubs would have done the same deal.
It simply doesn’t matter that the fact he has the 29th biggest contract ever in the game. Pujols, Fielder, Votto, Teixeira, Cabrera, Mauer and Adrian Gonzalez all actually make more money at the position of 1B.
If Freeman keeps up his upward trajectory, he will easily fall into the stratosphere of talent of some of these guys.
Take a look at this years Free Agency class as well, the man could have garnered this money if he was flat-out available.
Atlanta gets their new leader locked up – ensuring Freeman will play more than a decade for the club. In today’s terms, that rarely happens.
The highest contracts in MLB history (Red means signed this offseason)
*1. Alex Rodriguez, $275,000,000 (2008-17)
*** With A-Rod’s suspension in 2014, he will forfeit $22.13 MIL bucks, so it will now end up 10 YRs/$252.87 MIL for the duration of his deal.
2. Alex Rodriguez, $252,000,000 (2001-10)
*3. Albert Pujols, $250,000,000 (2012-21)
*4. Robinson Cano, $240,000,000 (2014 – 2023)
*5. Joey Votto, $225,000,000 (2014-23)
*6. Clayton Kershaw $215,000,000 (2014 – 2020)
*7. Prince Fielder, $214,000,000 (2012-20)
8. Derek Jeter, $189,000,000 (2001-10)
9. Joe Mauer, $184,000,000 (2011-18)
*T10. Mark Teixeira, $180,000,000 (2009-16)
*T10. Justin Verlander, $180,000,000 (2013-19)
*12. Felix Hernandez, $175,000,000 (2013-19)
*13. Buster Posey, $167,000,000 (2013-21)
*14. CC Sabathia, $161,000,000 (2009-15)
T-15. Manny Ramirez, $160,000,000 (2001-08)
*T-15. Matt Kemp, $160,000,000 (2012-19)
*17. Troy Tulowitzki, $157,750,000 (2011-20)
*22. Zack Greinke, $147,000,000 (2013-18)
*23. Cole Hamels, $144,000,000 (2013-18)
*24. Carl Crawford, $142,000,000 (2011-17)
25. Todd Helton, $141,500,000 (2003-11)
*26. David Wright, $138,000,000 (2013-20)
27. Johan Santana, $137,500,000 (2008-13)
*28. Alfonso Soriano, $136,000,000 (2007-14)
*29. Freddie Freeman, $135,000,000 (2014-21)
T*32. Vernon Wells, $126,000,000 (2008-14)
T-32 Barry Zito, $126,000,000 (2007-13)
*T-32 Jayson Werth, $126,000,000 (2011-17)
*T-35. Ryan Howard, $125,000,000 (2012-16)
*T-35: Josh Hamilton, $125,000,000 (2013-17)
*37. CC Sabathia, $122,000,000 (2012-16)
38. Mike Hampton, $121,000,000 (2001-08)
T-39. Jason Giambi, $120,000,000 (2002-08)
*T-39. Matt Holliday, $120,000,000(2010-16)
*T-41: Cliff Lee, $120,000,000(2011-15)
*T-41: Elvis Andrus, $120,000,000(2015-22)
43. Carlos Beltran, $119,000,000 (2005-11)
44.Ken Griffey Jr., $116,500,000 (2000-08)
*45. Jose Reyes, $106,000,000 (2012-17)
T-46. Kevin Brown, $105,000,000 (1999-2005)
*T-46: Ryan Braun, $105,000,000 (2016-20)
*T-48. Ryan Zimmerman,* $100,000,000 (2014-19)
*T-48 Evan Longoria, $100,000,000 (2017-22)
T-48 Carlos Lee, $100,000,000 (2007-12)
T-48 Albert Pujols, $100,000,000 (2004-10)
*Denotes Active Contract
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*52. Adam Wainwright, $97,500,000 (2014-18)
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