Source: Braves, Freeman agree to 8-year deal
FILE - In this Sept. 26, 2013, file photo, Atlanta Braves' Freddie Freeman heads to first base after drawing a walk in the second inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies in Atlanta. A person familiar with the talks says the Atlanta Braves have reached an agreement on an eight-year deal with Freeman that will be worth about $125 million. The person confirmed the agreement to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity on Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, because the Braves haven't announced the deal, which is subject to a successful physical. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)
FILE - In this Oct. 6, 2013, file photo, Atlanta Braves' Jason Heyward watches his two-run home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the ninth inning of Game 3 of the National League division baseball series in Los Angeles. Heyward and the Braves agreed Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, to a $13.3 million, two-year contract that avoided arbitration. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok, File)
ATLANTA – The Atlanta Braves agreed to eight-year contract with first baseman Freddie Freeman that is worth about $125 million yesterday.
The deal was confirmed by the team last night.
Earlier in the day, outfielder Jason Heyward and the Braves agreed to a $13.3 million, two-year contract. Heyward and Freeman had filed for salary arbitration last month.
The 24-year-old Freeman was an All-Star last year when he hit .319 with 23 homers and 109 RBI. He matched his career high in home runs and set highs in batting average and RBI, and finished fifth in NL MVP voting.
“Freddie has established himself as one of the best young talents in the game,” Braves General Manager Frank Wren said. “We are excited to sign one of our own homegrown players to a contract that will keep him in a Braves uniform for the next eight seasons.”
Closer Craig Kimbrel is the Braves’ only player left in arbitration.
Heyward hit .254 with 14 homers and 38 RBIs in a career-low 104 games during his fourth season with the Braves. He had an appendectomy on April 22 and broke his jaw on Aug. 21 when he was hit by a pitch from New York Mets left-hander Jon Niese.