Freddie Freeman has been the face of the Atlanta Braves for a decade, but his days in Northern Georgia may be over. According to ESPN’s Buster Olney, there’s a “growing belief” that Freeman will be playing elsewhere in 2022.

If Freeman’s days with Atlanta are indeed numbered, he’s the best attainable player on the MLB free agent market. He’s arguably the best first baseman in the sport, still in his prime and will transcend any MLB offense.

Here are three ideal free agent destinations for Freddie Freeman.

3) Freddie Freeman kickstarts the Chicago Cubs

Yes, the Cubs just traded away their homegrown stars and aren’t ready to get back in the Wild Card Race. That said, they’ve had a stealthy offseason and signing Freeman would change the limited dynamic that surrounds their 2022 season.

Frank Schwindel played well at first base after the Cubs traded Anthony Rizzo, meaning the corner infield position isn’t a pressing need for manager David Ross’ depth chart. On the other hand, there’s a considerable chance that a universal designated hitter is implemented if and when the 2022 MLB season begins. Freeman plays first with Schwindel serving as the DH.

Freeman makes a compelling infield with upside a sturdy unit that would become the featured element of the new-look Cubs. With the perennial All-Star at first, Patrick Wisdom at third and two of Nico Hoerner, Nick Madrigal and David Bote at the middle infield positions, the Cubs have speed, power and well-versed skill sets in their starting infield.

  • Freddie Freeman stats (2021): .300/.393/.503, 31 home runs and 83 RBIs across 600 at-bats

Chicago has beefed up its rotation with the additions of Marcus Stroman and Wade Miley, who could form a reliable unit alongside Kyle Hendricks. At the plate, Freeman adds a premier left-handed hitter to an already respectable offense.

All that said, the Cubs may prefer to call it quits with their offseason spending, choosing to gradually retool their operation.