B.S. Report: Freeman moves to 3rd base

MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – So, there he was Tuesday night at third base.

Freddie Freeman actually moved across the diamond to play another position for the first time in his major league career.

It wasn’t the first time he’s ever played third base. He actually played third exclusively in high school. But, Freeman was over there in a big-league game, against big-league hitters. He did well, at least in his first chance, in his first game.

But, there is no doubt at some point Freeman will need to go back to first base. He is a first baseman, and while the lineup looks “mighty pretty” with him and Matt Adams in there at the same time – Freddie Freeman is Atlanta’s first baseman.

The Braves are going to need to trade Adams, and the Yankees are desperate for help at first base. What Freeman has done in volunteering to play third base is one of the best gestures we’ve ever seen from a professional athlete. To help his team be better, Freeman, a great defensive first baseman, has changed positions. It shows what kind of teammate Freeman is and that he wants to win at any cost. But this is for the short-term. The Braves are going to move Freeman back to first base. It’s just a matter of when they can trade Adams.

You might say that’s no way to treat Adams, who arguably saved Atlanta’s season by hitting home runs and playing well at first base in Freeman’s absence. The Braves went 24-20 with Freeman gone, and most people expected Freeman’s injury to be this team’s obituary. But, Matt Adams saved them, and now that Freeman is back, Adams needs to go. Again, the Yankees are in desperate need of a first baseman. It might take a while, but the Braves need to get more young talent in a trade by dealing Adams to the American League, where he’s perfect for a DH role.

The Braves have people who can play third base, like Rio Ruiz and Johan Camargo, and Adonis Garcia will be back in another month. It’s not like this team will be worse when they trade Adams. They’ll be better because Freeman will be back where he belongs at first base. It might help the Braves to have the better lineup of Freeman and Adams while they play this brutal schedule the rest of the month, but at some point the Braves will have to pull the trigger on a trade so that Freeman can get back to his natural position.

Applaud him for playing third. Love Freeman for a move that tries to make his team better. But the Braves are going to be better with Freeman back at first base. And it’ll happen soon enough.

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