The Matt Olson rumors are starting up once again. It had been reported earlier on Friday that the Rangers and Yankees had begun their pursuit of the Oakland A’s first baseman once the lockout had ended. While those two franchises were quick to pick up the phone, it was clear that other teams would also be in the hunt.
Another team emerged on Friday. According to Jon Morosi, the Braves have been in contact with the A’s regarding Olson provided that they are unable to retain Freddie Freeman.
Matt Olson the Atlanta Braves backup plan
It is understandable that the Braves would consider Freeman to be their priority. He is a franchise icon and a possible future Hall of Famer, someone that should be a lifetime member of the organization. The problem is that the two sides were extremely far apart in regards to his future contract, leaving the door open that he could sign elsewhere.
Olson is arguably a better option than Freeman. Not only is he younger, but he is also just entering his prime while Freeman is leaving his. He would also be less expensive over the next two seasons than Freeman would be regardless of whether or not he signed at the Braves’ offer.
It is a matter of whether or not Atlanta would want to pony up the assets needed to bring Olson on board. He is going to be costly for any team and the Braves farm system is not what it has been in the past. However, they do have enough young arms and outfield prospects where a deal could happen should Freeman head elsewhere.
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The Atlanta Braves have checked in on Matt Olson. The Oakland A’s first baseman is reportedly their backup plan if Freddie Freeman departs.