By PAUL NEWBERRY
AP Sports Writer
ATLANTA (AP) — After cutting ties with Freddie Freeman, the Atlanta Braves have signed new first baseman Matt Olson to a $168 million, eight-year contract. Olson was not eligible for free agency until after the 2023 season. But the World Series champions quickly locked down the 27-year-old slugger through at least 2029. The deal also includes a $20 million club option for 2030 with no buyout. The Braves have have gone in a totally different direction after failing to re-sign Freeman. They dealt four top prospects to Oakland for Olson, and quickly signed the 2021 All-Star to the biggest deal in team history.