Freddie Freeman’s a Dodger. I understand it, but I hate it

That’s as far as I got. She doesn’t care about AAV or contractual years or any darn thing. Maybe, probably, you don’t, either. Freddie Freeman, face of the franchise, is gone.

ExploreA sobering day: The Braves land Freeman’s replacement

That the Braves traded half their farm system to Oakland for Olson 60-some hours before the Freddie-to-L.A. news broke confirms what we suspected. The Braves weren’t willing to offer a sixth season, and at least one other team was. The move to land Olson before Freeman picked his team helped to soften the blow. They replaced their first baseman with a player of similar caliber who’s 4 ½ years younger. Financially, that makes sense.

Olson signed for $168 million over eight years; Freeman signed for $162 over six. Going by their ages, Olson should be a better player in 2029, when his contract lapses, than Freeman will be in 2027, when his deal does. (Though “should be” is no guarantee.)

Once the Braves knew they weren’t keeping Freeman, Olson was the best possible Plan B. That’s the belief of this correspondent, who gets paid not to root. If you’re a Braves fan, you’re surely saying, “They let the face of the franchise leave because of 6 million dollars.”

I understand Alex Anthopoulos’ logic. I trust his decisions. Over his past four seasons as a general manager, his teams have finished first, first, first and first. The Braves are owned by Liberty…

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