MLB Rumors: Trade Braves for Matt Olson; The Yankees hope for the rise of Freddie Freeman

TAMPA –Yankees general manager Brian Cashman’s first spring press conference was just ending Monday when news of another huge trade broke.

The Atlanta Braves have scrapped plans to keep free agent first baseman Freddie Freeman from the franchise by trading for Matt Olson.

The Oakland Athletics gave up their star first baseman for a group of youngsters: outfielder Cristian Pache, receiver Shea Langeliers and right-handers Joey Estes and Ryan Cusick.

Cashman, who made a blockbuster the night before, was unaware of the Olson deal until NJ Advance Media alerted him after leaving a press conference room. The general manager was likely filled with emotion because Olson and Freeman would have been the Yankees’ biggest targets in their hopes of leveling up at first base before Opening Day.

The price was rumored to be too high for Olson as the Athletics allegedly insisted there would be no deal without the Yankees giving up untouchable No. 1 prospect Anthony Volpe, who is considered by the organization as their shortstop of the future.

Meanwhile, MLB Network insider Jon Heyman reported earlier Monday that the Yankees aren’t optimistic about Freeman, who supposedly has to decide between returning to Atlanta or signing with the Los Dodgers. Angeles. Freeman is a Southern California native who has homes in Atlanta and So-Cal.

With Olson on his way to Atlanta, maybe the Yankees have a better chance of signing Freeman, or maybe the 2020 NL MVP quickly decides to go home and play for the Dodgers.

At the moment, the Yankees have two veterans for first baseman, 2020 home run king Luke Voit and two-time batting champion DJ LeMahieu.

Cashman isn’t ruling out making a move to get stronger in the position.

“I’m really interested in trying to put the best team on the field that can compete for a World Series title,” Cashman said.

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