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Braves sign Matt Olson to eight-year, $168 million deal after acquiring 1B from Athletics

The star first baseman will likely take over for Freddie Freeman.

Matt Olson #28 of the Oakland Athletics in the on-deck circle during the game against the Houston Astros at RingCentral Coliseum on September 25, 2021 in Oakland, California. Photo by Michael Zagaris/Oakland Athletics/Getty Images

March 15 update: The Braves announced they signed Olson to an eight-year deal worth $168 million after acquiring him from the Athletics Monday. This all but closes the door on Freddie Freeman’s return to the team.

The Atlanta Braves and Oakland Athletics are in agreement on a trade that will send star first baseman Matt Olson to Atlanta, per ESPN’s Jeff Passan. Passan adds that the Athletics will receive outfielder Cristian Pache, catcher Shea Langeliers, starting pitcher Ryan Cusick, and starting pitcher Joey Estes.

With Olson heading to the Braves, this officially ends Freddie Freeman’s 12-year career with Atlanta. Olson will not be able to replicate what Freeman has done at first base, but he’s a solid replacement.

Last season with the Athletics, the veteran first baseman slashed .271/.371/.540 with a career-high 39 home runs and 111 RBI. For his efforts in 2021, Olson was named to his first All-Star Game. Speaking of Oakland, they appear to blowing things up with Chris Bassitt being traded to the New York Mets and now moving Olson. The A’s received a massive haul from Atlanta, getting their No. 1 (Pache), No. 2 (Langeliers), and No. 6 (Cusick) overall prospects. Pache is the only one who currently has experience in the big leagues (24 games)