June 22, 2021

The Daily Chop: Freddie Freeman extension plans, Philip Pfeifer and more (Talking Chop)

The Atlanta Braves have acted quickly this offseason reenforcing the back end of the bullpen while trying to turn an uncertainty in 2019 into a strength for 2020. The Braves still have a number of questions that still need to be answered in regards to the current roster. One question that may not get answered this offseason is a contract extension for first baseman Freddie Freeman.

MLB.com’s Mark Bowman tackled that question in his weekly mailbag on Friday and pointed to Freeman’s elbow injury as a potential reason to wait just a bit longer before discussing a new deal. Freeman put up career best numbers in 2019 but a bone spur in his right elbow became an issue down the stretch and hampered his production in the postseason. He underwent surgery to correct the issue earlier this offseason and is expected to be ready for spring training with no restrictions.

Atlanta has so much left to do with their current roster that we may not hear anything in regards to an extension for Freeman until next offseason.

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