Matt Olson an extremely strong Plan B for Braves if Freddie Freeman leaves
Earlier this week some reports surfaced about Matt Olson and the Braves and A's talking about a possible deal for the slugging first basemen before the current work stoppage began.
While it may have caused some to panic about Freddie Freeman being back, Braves broadcaster Chip Caray still feels that Freeman returning is the first choice, but that having a backup plan is the GM's job and Matt Olson would be a pretty good one.
"His numbers speak for themselves, a terrific, elite young player. Everybody is hopefully that Freddie will sign, but the job of a general manager is to hedge bets, make sure he has a Plan B in place, not just for Freddie Freeman but any player," says Caray. "If you can't have Freddie, that's business, you have to be prepared and change course and Olson would certainly fit that bill."
For Braves fans who aren't overly familiar with Olson, he is a 27-year old two-time Gold Glove winner who sandwiched an injury-riddled 2020 season with 36 home runs in 2019 and 39 bombs in an All-Star campaign in 2021.
The Braves would have to trade for Olson as he is not currently scheduled to hit free agency until after the 2023 season.
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