Freddie Freeman was presented in style with the Dodgers and told what his main motivation is


Major League Baseball first baseman Freddie Freeman is leaving the Atlanta Braves for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Major League Baseball first baseman Freddie Freeman is leaving the Atlanta Braves for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

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The all-star first baseman Freddie Freeman was presented this Friday by the Los Angeles Dodgers in a meeting with the press in which the player indicated this Friday that he could playing in front of his family was a motivation to decide to sign with the Los Angeles team.

鈥淏eing able to play in front of my family, that鈥檚 what made me decide to be a dodger鈥

Freeman was born in Villa Park, California, so the vast majority of his family is in the Los Angeles area, making it easier for him to be seen playing than on his old team, the Atlanta Braves.

鈥淔amily is a very important factor in my decision and being at home鈥explained the powerful left-handed hitter, who will defend the colors of the Dodgers for the next six years, in exchange for 162 million dollars.

The player pointed out that he never thought he would go out to free agency, but that communication with the Braves was difficult, so his family had a great weight in making this decision:

鈥淭he communication wasn鈥檛 quite there in the offseason. I got two phone calls (from the Braves) the entire offseason. I didn鈥檛 think I would ever make it to free agency, but I did and it all came down to wanting to come home.鈥

With the arrival of Freeman, who last season hit .300 with 31 homers and 83 RBIs, the Dodgers are looking to put themselves in position to regain the title of World Series championswhich they could not retain last year and which ended up in the hands of the now former team of their new star, the Atlanta Braves.

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