“As we strategized, we were looking at a comprehensive plan,” Wren said. “It wasn’t focused on keeping one player, it was focused on keeping a team, and keeping a competitive team that we could go forward into Cobb County and beyond. And I think the great attribute that Cobb County gives us, is it helps us stay competitive. It gives us the revenues and the additional ability to stay competitive in our division, and that’s an important aspect of it.
“But like I said, this is a comprehensive plan, it’s not just about Freddie. Although this is one of the first big steps.”
Freeman, who turned 24 in September, can earn various bonuses for awards, but there are no salary escalators or option years in the contract. He made the All-Star team for the first time in 2013, his third full season in the majors, and finished fifth in the National League MVP balloting.
Freeman hit .319 with a .396 on-base percentage, 23 homers and 109 RBIs, making him the Braves’ first 100-RBI man since 2007. He has hit more than 20 homers in each of his three seasons.