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Starting Nine: Why length of deal should/shouldn’t be hang-up in Freddie Freeman negotiations

Heart rates elevate every time “Freeman” is trending on Twitter, and all the collective pacing has worn permanent marks in every Braves fan’s flooring.

The waiting, as Tom Petty so eloquently told us, is the hardest part.

Now, comes word that it’s the length of the contract is the current obstacle in a deal that would keep Freddie Freeman in Atlanta. The team has offered five years; the 2020 National League MVP wants six.

Here’s why that sixth (or even an option for a seventh) year should and why shouldn’t be a sticking point in guaranteeing Freeman remains a Brave as he completes a career that is currently on track to earn him a spot in Cooperstown.