Last month, FOX Sports Radio host Doug Gottlieb shook up the baseball world when he stated Freddie Freeman parted ways with his agent Casey Close over not being told about an offer.
“Casey Close never told Freddie Freeman about the Braves’ final offer, that is why Freeman fired him,” Gottlieb wrote. “He found out in Atlanta this weekend. It isn’t that rare to have happen in MLB, but it happened – Close knew Freddie would have taken the ATL deal.”
Close quickly shut down rumor.
“I will not stand by as the circumstances surrounding Freddie Freeman’s departure from Atlanta are mischaracterized,” Close told ESPN. “Since March, the Braves have fostered a narrative about the negotiations which, stated plainly, is false. Part of that false narrative is the suggestion that I did not communicate a contract offer to the Freemans.”
This week, ESPN’s Jeff Passan provided an update that shows Close was serious about what he said.
Close is reportedly suing Gottlieb for libel, alleging that the radio host “defamed him and Excel Sports Management in a tweet.”
Freddie Freeman would go on to sign a six-year, $162 million deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
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