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Saturday, March 2, 2024

Dodgers Look Unbeatable After $162M Freeman Signing

  • Freddie Freeman's $27 million salary is second on the team.
  • Los Angeles now has three of the top six NL MVP favorites on its roster.
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The Dodgers just made one of the biggest splashes of MLB free agency — and are now undeniably the team to beat this season.

On Wednesday, Los Angeles signed 2020 National League MVP and 2021 World Series Champion 1B Freddie Freeman to a six-year, $162 million deal.

At $27 million per season, it’s the second-highest average salary on the team behind SP Trevor Bauer ($35.3M). It’s also the second-highest AAV ever for a first baseman (Miguel Cabrera, $31M).

The Dodgers have the highest 2022 payroll in MLB — and are thus very likely to dominate on the field, as well.

  • With Freeman’s contract, L.A. will pay its players $258.5 million this season.
  • At +500*, the Dodgers are the clear World Series favorites; the Yankees (+900*) are the next-closest.
  • The prospective top of the lineup — Mookie Betts (+900*), Freeman (+1200*), and Trea Turner (1300*) — account for three of the top six NL MVP favorites.

And it’s not just the supersized contracts that make the Dodgers big favorites: They’re getting value up and down the roster.

Ace SP Walker Buehler will make $7.3 million in his second season of arbitration, while rising star 2B Gavin Lux is pre-arbitration and will play on a $700,000 estimated salary.

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