On May 17, a fastball from Toronto’s Aaron Loup shattered Freeman’s left wrist. For a temporary replacement at first base, the Braves acquired Matt Adams in a trade with St. Louis. As Freeman recovered, Adams became an important part of their lineup. Freeman offered to play third base when he returned.
Freeman is the Braves’ cornerstone, with an eight-year, $135 million contract. He had played no position but first base since 2007, when he logged five games at third as a 17-year-old prospect in the Gulf Coast League. His request startled the Braves, but Freeman — who is 6 feet 5 and 222 pounds — insisted that he wanted to try.
“Freddie is one of the best team leaders and one of the most selfless players I’ve ever met,” General Manager John Coppolella said. “All this guy wants to do is win. He’s been an oak throughout this rebuild. The first hint he even had of winning, he was willing to put himself in harm’s way and move across the diamond to help make the Braves better.”
Freeman held his own at third base for the Braves, before a series of roster moves sent him back to first base this month. Adams headed to left field to replace the injured Matt…