Dodgers starting roster update, pays after Freddie Freeman’s $162m contract | Launderer’s report
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The rest of the National League is officially put on notice.
ESPN Kiley McDaniel and Jeff Passan reported that the Los Angeles Dodgers agreed to a six-year, $162 million contract with star first baseman Freddie Freeman on Wednesday night.
According to Spotrac, the team’s total payroll for the 2022 campaign is $231.5 million.
Here’s a look at the team that money can buy and how it could line up with diamonds in 2022:
Frankly, it was already a World Series contender before we even added Freeman. There’s already plenty of star power with Mookie Betts, Justin Turner, Trea Turner and more, and the latest addition will only make the lineup even more dangerous.
After all, Freeman just helped the Atlanta Braves win the 2021 World Series title and has a Hall of Fame-like resume at 32.
That resume includes a National League MVP, three Silver Slugger awards, a Gold Glove and five All-Star selections. He’s finished in the top 10 in MVP votes in each of the past four seasons and six times overall in his career, underscoring how effective he’s been over an extended period in Atlanta.
Perhaps nothing stands out more for the Dodgers than how he played in the clutch after cutting .300/.393/.503 with 31 home runs and 83 RBIs during the 2021 regular season.
He improved on that pace by slashing .304/.420/.625 with five homers and 11 RBIs in 16 playoff games, which was a big reason the Braves won the World Series. He’ll surely have another chance to prove his mettle in the playoffs in Los Angeles given the organization’s overall roster and recent track record.
The Dodgers are aiming for their 10th straight playoff appearance. They’ve also played in three of the last five World Series and now have one of the best left-handed hitters in the league amid an already dangerous roster.
Once again, the rest of the National League is warned.