David Freese joins the Pirates


Today another ex-Cardinal player made news. David Freese signed a one-year, $3 million contract. Freese — the former Cardinal, Angel and World Series MVP — will be the Pirates’ everyday third baseman while Kang is out, and the club plans to use him as a backup corner infielder whenever Kang comes off the disabled list (knee surgery).”The idea is it adds a very talented, veteran bat to our club that’s an experienced winner, that is going to bounce around the field for us and gives us an insurance policy until Jung Ho’s ready to go,” general manager Neal Huntington said Friday night. Freese will turn 33 at the end of April, has settled in as a steady but unspectacular performer at the hot corner. After some strong offensive years earlier in his career with the Cardinals, he’s generally posted slightly above-average results. All told, Freese slashed a sturdy .258/.322/.401 with 24 home runs in 981 plate appearances over his two years with the Angels, who reportedly considered a qualifying offer this winter but ultimately allowed Freese to leave uninhibited. Though his line-drive and hard-contact rates both fell last year, with his walk rate continuing to trickle downward, Freese did still manage to significantly increase his ISO in 2015 as against his prior year’s work. It will be interesting to see how Freese will do being back in the NL Central against the Cardinals. It will be quite a race this year between the Pirates, Cubs and Cardinals.




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