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Braves First Baseman Freddie Freeman Signs Eight-Year Contract

Braves Player Freddie Freeman
Freddie Freeman of the Atlanta Braves walks to the dugout in the sixth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers during Game One of the National League Division Series at Turner Field on October 3, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia. Photographer: Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

Feb. 5 (Bloomberg) -- Freddie Freeman agreed to an eight-year contract through the 2021 season with the Atlanta Braves.

The team didn’t disclose financial terms with the 24-year-old first baseman. The deal is worth a franchise record $135 million, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported, without saying where it got the information.

“Freddie has established himself as one of the best young talents in the game,” Braves Executive Vice President and General Manager Frank Wren said in a statement on the team’s website last night.

In 471 career games in his first three seasons in Major League Baseball, Freeman has a .285 batting average, scoring 250 runs, hitting 68 homers and batting in 280 runs.

In 2013, Freeman finished fifth in voting for the National League Most Valuable Player Award and was named to his first All-Star team. He ranked third in the NL with a career-high .319 batting average and also had career bests of 23 home runs and 109 RBIs.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Dex McLuskey at dmcluskey@bloomberg.net

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