Emotions were running high for Freddie Freeman this past weekend as he returned to Atlanta for the first time since leaving the Braves in free agency. Almost immediately after the series, Freeman decided to fire agent Casey Close, which made outsiders wonder if the trip promped this sudden split.
Fox Sports radio host Doug Gottlieb seemed to confirm this was the case, reporting Freeman learned that Close withheld a final offer from Atlanta in free agency, which cleared the way for the All-Star to sign with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Close has now aggressively responded to Gottlieb's claim.
Close told Matt Martell of Sports Illustrated there's "no truth whatsoever" to Gottlieb's reporting on an offer not being presented to Freeman. The now-former agent of Freeman doubled down by saying he would "testify to that under oath."
This is obviously a huge revelation that would drastically change how fans view Freeman's departure from the team. At the time, his representation was said to be playing hardball in negotiations, and it was believed Freeman was partly to blame for not reconciling with the Braves.
Instead, if Gottlieb is right, Freeman was completely in the dark on a last-ditch attempt by Atlanta to keep him around.
The fact the first baseman made the abrupt choice to part with his representation and be his own agent for now speaks volumes about what he may have learned this past weekend.
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