Freddy Freeman has reached an agreement with the Los Angeles Dodgers for a six-year, $162 million deal, sources say.

Freddy Freeman has agreed terms with the Los Angeles Dodgers in a six-year, $162 million deal, sources told ESPN’s Jeff Bassan and Kelly McDaniel Wednesday night.

Freeman, 32, reached free agency for the first time in his career after helping the Atlanta Braves win their first world championship since 1995 with a six-game win over the Houston Astros. During his 12th season in the Big League, he hit the first man base .300 (eighth in the National League) with 31 Homers, 83 RBIs, and 120 NL leading points.

Freeman’s deal has the second highest average annual value ($27 million) ever for a first baseman (behind Miguel Cabrera’s eight-year deal with the Tigers, $31 million) and is the seventh richest by total value in the position.

The Dodgers have now offered a $100 million contract in three consecutive years, following huge deals for Mookie Betts in 2020 and Trevor Bauer in 2021. Freeman is the first player (and seventh player overall) to land a $100 million deal from the Dodgers.

The spending gives the Dodgers four top former Freeman, Betts, Cody Bellinger and Clayton Kershaw players. They also added Freeman’s racket to a squad that led the Premier League with 5.1 games per game last season.

The top three predicted Dodgers hitters — Bates, Freeman and Tria Turner — have three of the six best odds of winning the NL MVP award at Caesars Sportsbook. Los Angeles was already the favorite to win the World Series by 6-1 on Wednesday; The odds dropped to 5-1 after the word Freeman’s agreement.

Freeman’s access to free agency came as a bit of a surprise to a player who has long been lauded as the face of the Atlanta franchise. The Braves surveyed him as such, and inked him on an eight-year $135 million extension in 2014 to serve as a cornerstone player for the franchise through rebuilding.

Atlanta lost 90 or more games for three consecutive seasons before coming out as a contender in 2018. Under Freeman’s leadership, the Braves won four consecutive Premier League titles, culminating in last season’s championship.

After the World Championships, Freeman’s contract expired and a qualifying bid of $18.4 million was extended by the Braves. As expected, Freeman declined the offer and became a free agent.

Freeman earned free agency with one of the game’s most brilliant resumes. He is a career hitter of .295 with 271 homers out of 1,704 hits. Both hits and hoists rank among the top 10 career marks in Braves history. Only Chipper Jones and Dale Murphy have collected more hit songs for the Braves since the franchise moved to Atlanta in 1966.

Freeman has made five NL All-Star teams, won a Gold Glove in 2018, won a Silver Slugger at first base for NL in each of the past three seasons and finished in the top ten in the NL MVP vote six times. In 2020, Freeman was named NL MVP after making his 341st career best during the shortened campaign of the pandemic.

The brave chose Freeman in the second round of the 2007 draft. Born and raised in Southern California, although his parents were born in Canada, he holds dual citizenship.

ESPN’s Bradford Doolittle contributed to this report.

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