Freddie Freeman was emotional upon his return to Atlanta over the weekend, but that wasn’t the story after he found out some information that changed everything.
Freeman reportedly is at odds with his agency, Excel Sports, and has severed ties with his representation, super-agent Casey Close. Freeman said in a statement Tuesday the relationship between him and Excel is “fluid.”
On Wednesday, Fox Sports Radio host Doug Gottlieb tweeted that Freeman moved on from Close because Freeman was never informed of the Braves’ final offer before he signed with the Dodgers.
“He found out over the weekend just how close Atlanta had come in their final offer, called up Casey Close, and said, ‘You didn’t tell me about this offer? You’re fired,'” Gottlieb said during “The Doug Gottlieb Show.”
In a statement to Sports Illustrated on Wednesday night, Close vehemently denied Gottlieb’s accusation.
“There is no truth whatsoever to what Doug Gottlieb recklessly tweeted, and I would testify to that under oath. We are currently evaluating all legal options in this matter,” Close said.
Excel would go on to release a lengthy statement on Thursday, blaming the Braves for creating a “false narrative” surrounding Freeman’s departure:
The Braves traded for A’s first baseman Matt Olson on March 14 and signed him to an eight-year, $168 million extension. Four days after the trade, Freeman signed with the Dodgers.