Jeff Francoeur Has Surprising Take on Freddie Freeman's Satisfaction in Los Angeles

Former Atlanta Brave Jeff Francoeur has a surprising take on Freddie Freeman's desire to still be with his former team.
Former Atlanta Brave Jeff Francoeur has a surprising take on Freddie Freeman's desire to still be with his former team. / John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

The Atlanta Braves are rolling along in the month of June, off to a 16-2 record and finally putting the World Series hangover behind them. The loss of superstar first baseman Freddie Freeman was a big factor in that hangover and there's anticipation building around his first return to Atlanta when the Los Angeles Dodgers come to town on Friday.

Former Brave and current team broadcaster Jeff Francoeur recently spoke on MLB insider Jayson Stark's podcast about this long-awaited return. Francoeur has some interesting thoughts on Freeman's current satisfaction in Los Angeles and his desire to remain a part of his former team.

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Asking a rhetorical question, Francoeur said "Do I wish he was here? Absolutely. Does Freddie wish he was here? Probably. In a way. I know that"

It's a pretty strong sentiment considering Freeman opted to sign a six-year, $162 million contract with one of the best teams in baseball, and return to his hometown of LA.

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Francoeur goes on to explain that "things happen and it doesn't always work out that way."

The baseball world knows what a tough decision Freeman made in opting to leave a team he spent the first 12 years of his career, giving everything including a World Series championship. But, factors such as returning home and the simple conversation of contract length and contract worth play majorly into a free agency decision.

Fortunately, the Braves found a reputable replacement in Matt Olson. Olson isn't hitting for the same average as Freeman in 2022, but boasts two more home runs and five more doubles to his current stat line.

Freeman's return to Atlanta will be a special moment on the MLB calendar as the Braves look to continue improving their World Series odds. Currently, FanDuel Sportsbook's MLB odds show Atlanta at +1300 to win the championship.

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