Freddie Freeman should feel special on this fine day in February, as the word is he's the first $100 million player in Atlanta Braves history.

Good for him, but even better for the Braves. They just locked up a young, talented player who's on the rise for money that's really not all that absurd by today's standards.

According to MLB Network's Peter Gammons and's Mark Bowman, Freeman's deal is worth $135 million. Per's transaction tracker, the largest contract in Braves history had been Chipper Jones' $90 million deal from 2000. Freeman's tops that by $45 million.

Freeman's deal also puts him in the same high-rent district as first basemen like Adrian Gonzalez ($154 million) and Ryan Howard ($125 million). Knowing that, maybe you're thinking the Braves got a little overzealous at the negotiating table.

But nah. Not really.

Here's one thing: It sounds like a lot, but Freeman's deal is worth only $16.875 million per year. In a day and age that just gave a guy who has never thrown a pitch in MLB over $20 million per year, less than $17 million per year for an established first baseman isn't crazy. And if Freeman's AAV isn't crazy now, you can imagine how not crazy it's going to be in eight years.