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Report: Blue Jays met with Freeman's representatives before lockout

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The Toronto Blue Jays met with free-agent first baseman Freddie Freeman's representatives before MLB implemented a lockout after the collective bargaining agreement expired in early December, according to Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.

Freeman plays the same position as Blue Jays superstar Vladimir Guerrero Jr., whom the team hasn't contacted about a positional switch, a source told Davidi, noting Toronto's front office is likely just doing its due diligence with Freeman. Guerrero started his career at third base before moving to first.

The 2020 NL MVP could provide the club with an elite left-handed bat, which the team has been rumored to be looking for during the offseason.

Freeman, who's spent his entire 12-year career with the Atlanta Braves, is reportedly looking for a six-year contract worth around $180 million. The New York Yankees and Los Angeles Dodgers have also been connected to the five-time All-Star. However, Freeman's desire to return to Atlanta has been well documented.

The 32-year-old slashed .300/.393/.503 with 31 home runs, 83 RBIs, and an NL-leading 120 runs scored over 159 games for the World Series-winning Braves last season.

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