Arguably the best position player in MLB free agency is still unsigned just hours before Thursday’s expected lockout. While the likes of Corey Seager, Max Scherzer and Marcus Semien have all inked lucrative contracts with new teams, Freddie Freeman remains on the open market.

Freeman has spent his entire career with the Atlanta Braves, and it’s long been assumed that the first baseman would remain with the 2021 World Series champions. The two sides have not yet worked out a deal, opening the door for another team to lure the veteran away from Atlanta.

The Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Yankees are interested in Freeman, MLB Network’s Jon Morosi reports. The Boston Red Sox could also be a fit for Freeman, according to Morosi.

Both Los Angeles and New York have money to spend, considering they’ve been quiet this offseason. The Dodgers watched Seager and Scherzer leave in free agency. The Yankees have yet to add a major-league player via free agency or a trade.

Seager’s departure could allow the Dodgers to shift around their infielders and create an opening for Freeman at first base. The Yankees have yet to re-sign first baseman Anthony Rizzo, whom New York acquired at the trade deadline. 

Boston has been relatively quiet and could benefit from adding an everyday first baseman, as well.

MLB Network’s Jon Heyman reports that Freeman is seeking a six-year, $180 million contract. Freeman had previously rejected Atlanta’s five-year, $135 million offer, according to USA Today’s Bob Nightengale.

Freeman is among MLB’s most consistent and underrated players. The 32-year-old hit .300/.393/.503 with 31 home runs and a league-high 120 runs scored in the 2021 regular season. Freeman posted a 1.045 OPS in 16 playoff games, leading the Braves to their first championship in 26 years.

Freeman won the 2020 NL MVP award. The five-time All-Star has finished in the top-10 in MVP voting in four straight years and six times total since 2013.

In 12 MLB seasons, Freeman is hitting .295/.384/.509 with 271 home runs.

Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman celebrates with teammates after their 7-0 win over the Houston Astros to win the 2021 World Series Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman celebrates with teammates after their 7-0 win over the Houston Astros to win the 2021 World Series Photo: GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Bob Levey