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2019 Projections (Rest of Season Projections - seasonal age 36)
PA AVG HR R RBI SB DRC+ WARP
22 .263 1 2 3 0 97 0.1
Birth Date4-28-1983
Height6' 2"
Weight213 lbs
Age36 years, 4 months, 17 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
1.62015
1.02016
1.62017
1.42018
0.12019
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WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA H 2B 3B HR BB SO HBP SB CS AVG OBP SLG DRC+ DRAA BRR FRAA BWARP
2009 SLN 26 17 34 10 2 0 1 2 7 0 0 0 .323 .353 .484 88 -0.4 0.2 -0.4 0.0
2010 SLN 27 70 270 71 12 1 4 21 59 4 1 1 .296 .361 .404 89 -2.9 1.6 -0.6 0.7
2011 SLN 28 97 363 99 16 1 10 24 75 4 1 0 .297 .350 .441 104 2.0 -3.3 0.9 1.1
2012 SLN 29 144 567 147 25 1 20 57 122 7 3 3 .293 .372 .467 125 16.2 -3.5 -0.6 3.1
2013 SLN 30 138 521 121 26 1 9 47 106 9 1 2 .262 .340 .381 88 -6.0 -1.6 -14.2 -0.7
2014 ANA 31 134 511 120 25 1 10 38 124 6 1 3 .260 .321 .383 99 -0.4 -0.4 -8.3 0.6
2015 ANA 32 121 470 109 27 0 14 31 107 12 1 1 .257 .323 .420 98 0.7 0.3 -0.1 1.6
2016 PIT 33 141 492 118 23 0 13 45 142 10 0 0 .270 .352 .412 90 -4.8 -0.4 3.2 1.0
2017 PIT 34 130 503 112 16 0 10 58 116 15 0 1 .263 .368 .371 96 -0.9 -4.7 5.3 1.6
2018 LAN 35 19 47 15 2 1 2 6 16 2 0 0 .385 .489 .641 111 0.7 -0.5 -0.4 0.0
2018 PIT 35 94 265 68 10 1 9 18 56 3 0 0 .282 .336 .444 109 3.8 -0.9 2.7 1.3
2019 LAN 36 72 175 47 12 0 11 23 41 1 0 0 .311 .406 .609 130 7.8 -0.3 -1.4 0.8
Career117742181037196711337097173811.277.351.42310115.9-13.7-14.011.3

Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg LG G PA oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ DRC+ DRC+ SD FRAA BRR DRAA BWARP
2006 FTW A MDW 53 230 .249 .318 .351 .349 112 8 5.3 0.7 125 0 -8.5 -2.3 0.2 -0.5
2006 EUG A- NWN 18 71 .262 .347 .391 .415 103 9.9 1.6 -0.4 150 0 -0.8 0.3 2.3 0.3
2007 LEL A+ CLF 128 592 .273 .350 .430 .349 102 30.2 19.7 2.5 134 0 -1.6 1.8 26.4 4.7
2008 MEM AAA PCL 131 510 .277 .347 .440 .355 101 22.6 15.6 1.7 124 0 2.4 3.5 9.1 3.1
2009 SLN MLB NL 17 34 .257 .328 .414 .375 94 1.4 1.0 0 88 14 -0.4 0.2 -0.4 0.0
2009 SFD AA TXS 4 18 .267 .356 .410 .385 112 1.2 0.5 0.1 139 0 -0.4 0.4 0.5 0.1
2009 MEM AAA PCL 56 225 .275 .343 .421 .360 88 21.1 7.3 0 136 0 -4.2 -3.6 11.3 1.1
2009 CRD Rk GCL 4 12 .215 .338 .303 .571 102 2.6 0.4 0.1 300 0 -0.3 0.3 4.0 0.4
2010 SLN MLB NL 70 270 .261 .328 .413 .376 90 7.4 7.4 1 89 10 -0.6 1.6 -2.9 0.7
2010 SFD AA TXS 1 3 .263 .311 .395 1.000 111 0.8 0.1 -0.1 130 0 0.0 -0.9 0.1 -0.1
2011 SLN MLB NL 97 363 .262 .327 .411 .356 95 7 9.8 1.2 104 10 0.9 -3.3 2.0 1.1
2011 MEM AAA PCL 4 14 .243 .301 .404 .300 99 -1 0.4 0.1 75 0 -0.3 0.0 -0.4 0.0
2012 SLN MLB NL 144 567 .257 .318 .404 .352 99 17 15.5 2.1 125 10 -0.6 -3.5 16.2 3.1
2013 SLN MLB NL 138 521 .250 .312 .386 .320 101 -3.3 13.7 1.7 88 6 -14.2 -1.6 -6.0 -0.7
2013 MEM AAA PCL 3 13 .253 .339 .364 .400 81 1.2 0.4 0 111 0 -0.4 -0.9 0.0 -0.1
2014 ANA MLB AL 134 511 .250 .310 .386 .330 94 6.3 13.2 1.1 99 7 -8.3 -0.4 -0.4 0.6
2014 SLC AAA PCL 3 14 .294 .357 .464 .000 115 2.1 0.4 -0.1 136 0 -0.4 0.4 0.5 0.1
2015 ANA MLB AL 121 470 .257 .317 .413 .310 102 2 12.7 1.2 98 8 -0.1 0.3 0.7 1.6
2015 SLC AAA PCL 7 25 .272 .340 .395 .313 89 0.6 0.7 -0.2 102 0 -0.2 -0.3 -0.4 0.0
2016 PIT MLB NL 141 492 .252 .321 .412 .372 95 6.5 13.9 -1.7 90 9 3.2 -0.4 -4.8 1.0
2017 PIT MLB NL 130 503 .257 .326 .426 .336 95 5.2 14.7 1.5 96 11 5.3 -4.7 -0.9 1.6
2018 LAN MLB NL 19 47 .254 .323 .413 .619 100 6.9 1.3 -0.7 111 7 -0.4 -0.5 0.7 0.0
2018 PIT MLB NL 94 265 .245 .314 .400 .330 96 5.4 7.4 -0.2 109 7 2.7 -0.9 3.8 1.3
2019 LAN MLB NL 72 175 .261 .331 .448 .364 94 16.3 5.3 -2.8 130 11 -1.4 -0.3 7.8 0.8

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team lvl LG PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO SF SH
2006 EUG A- NWN 71 58 19 22 8 0 5 45 26 7 12 0 0 .379 .478 .776 .397 0 0
2006 FTW A MDW 230 204 27 61 13 3 8 104 44 21 44 1 1 .299 .376 .510 .211 0 0
2007 LEL A+ CLF 592 503 104 152 31 6 17 246 96 69 99 6 1 .302 .403 .489 .187 0 0
2008 MEM AAA PCL 510 464 83 142 29 3 26 255 91 39 111 5 2 .306 .364 .550 .244 0 0
2009 MEM AAA PCL 225 200 34 60 15 0 10 105 37 22 51 1 0 .300 .372 .525 .225 0 0
2009 SFD AA TXS 18 16 3 6 1 0 1 10 5 2 2 0 0 .375 .444 .625 .250 0 0
2009 CRD Rk GCL 12 11 2 5 2 0 1 10 6 1 3 0 0 .455 .500 .909 .455 0 0
2009 SLN MLB NL 34 31 3 10 2 0 1 15 7 2 7 0 0 .323 .353 .484 .161 1 0
2010 SLN MLB NL 270 240 28 71 12 1 4 97 36 21 59 1 1 .296 .361 .404 .108 1 4
2010 SFD AA TXS 3 2 0 1 1 0 0 2 0 1 1 0 0 .500 .667 1.000 .500 0 0
2011 SLN MLB NL 363 333 41 99 16 1 10 147 55 24 75 1 0 .297 .350 .441 .144 2 0
2011 MEM AAA PCL 14 13 1 3 1 0 0 4 1 1 3 0 0 .231 .286 .308 .077 0 0
2012 SLN MLB NL 567 501 70 147 25 1 20 234 79 57 122 3 3 .293 .372 .467 .174 2 0
2013 SLN MLB NL 521 462 53 121 26 1 9 176 60 47 106 1 2 .262 .340 .381 .119 3 0
2013 MEM AAA PCL 13 12 2 4 2 0 0 6 4 1 2 0 0 .333 .385 .500 .167 0 0
2014 ANA MLB AL 511 462 53 120 25 1 10 177 55 38 124 1 3 .260 .321 .383 .123 5
2014 SLC AAA PCL 14 10 4 2 0 0 2 8 4 4 1 0 0 .200 .429 .800 .600 0
2015 ANA MLB AL 470 424 53 109 27 0 14 178 56 31 107 1 1 .257 .323 .420 .163 3 0
2015 SLC AAA PCL 25 21 2 6 0 0 1 9 6 3 4 0 0 .286 .400 .429 .143 0 0
2016 PIT MLB NL 492 437 63 118 23 0 13 180 55 45 142 0 0 .270 .352 .412 .142 0 0
2017 PIT MLB NL 503 426 44 112 16 0 10 158 52 58 116 0 1 .263 .368 .371 .108 4 0
2018 LAN MLB NL 47 39 9 15 2 1 2 25 9 6 16 0 0 .385 .489 .641 .256 0 0
2018 PIT MLB NL 265 241 29 68 10 1 9 107 42 18 56 0 0 .282 .336 .444 .162 3 0
2019 LAN MLB NL 175 151 35 47 12 0 11 92 29 23 41 0 0 .311 .406 .609 .298 0 0

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr% CSAA
2009 122 0.4918 0.4426 0.7778 0.6333 0.2581 0.8421 0.6250 0.2222 -0.0008
2010 1020 0.5137 0.4480 0.7330 0.6527 0.2319 0.8246 0.4609 0.2670 -0.0051
2011 1459 0.5195 0.4592 0.7776 0.6293 0.2753 0.8407 0.6218 0.2224 -0.0060
2012 2182 0.4872 0.4647 0.7347 0.6322 0.3056 0.8304 0.5468 0.2653 -0.0075
2013 2022 0.4916 0.4580 0.7667 0.6429 0.2792 0.8607 0.5575 0.2333 -0.0044
2014 1977 0.4982 0.4532 0.7623 0.6061 0.3014 0.8593 0.5686 0.2377 0.0028
2015 1820 0.4714 0.4522 0.7643 0.6375 0.2869 0.8702 0.5543 0.2357 0.0012
2016 2051 0.4637 0.4451 0.7218 0.6362 0.2800 0.8050 0.5584 0.2782 0.0000
2017 2057 0.4891 0.4317 0.7725 0.6143 0.2569 0.8463 0.6037 0.2275 0.0000
2018 1270 0.4787 0.4283 0.7574 0.6102 0.2613 0.8410 0.5780 0.2426 0.0000
2019 697 0.4792 0.4448 0.7097 0.6228 0.2810 0.7933 0.5392 0.2903 0.0000
Career166770.48820.44940.75280.62820.27880.84060.56390.2472-0.0019

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-09-23 2014-09-26 DTD 3 2 - Mid Back Tightness -
2014-08-07 2014-08-07 DTD 0 0 - Knee Tendonitis Patella Tendon -
2014-07-06 2014-07-07 DTD 1 1 Left Lower Leg Contusion Shin -
2014-06-25 2014-06-27 DTD 2 2 Left Elbow Contusion HBP -
2014-05-03 2014-05-20 15-DL 17 16 Right Fingers Fracture Middle Finger - -
2014-04-17 2014-04-20 DTD 3 2 - Thigh Strain Hamstring - -
2014-03-08 2014-03-11 Camp 3 0 - Foot Blister - -
2013-10-15 2013-10-15 DTD 0 0 Right Lower Leg Tightness Calf - -
2013-05-20 2013-05-24 DTD 4 3 Right Thumb Laceration - -
2013-03-23 2013-04-08 15-DL 16 6 - Low Back Strain - -
2013-03-15 2013-03-21 Camp 6 0 - Low Back Inflammation - -
2013-03-05 2013-03-08 Camp 3 0 - Low Back Contusion Diving Into Stands - -
2012-09-25 2012-09-29 DTD 4 3 Right Ankle Sprain During Batting Practice - -
2012-09-09 2012-09-10 DTD 1 1 Left Ankle Sprain - -
2012-08-25 2012-08-27 DTD 2 2 Left Wrist Contusion HBP - -
2012-07-27 2012-07-29 DTD 2 2 Right Lower Leg Cramp - -
2012-07-09 2012-07-13 DTD 4 0 Left Lower Leg Contusion - -
2012-05-28 2012-05-30 DTD 2 2 Right Wrist Soreness - -
2012-04-14 2012-04-17 DTD 3 2 Right Hand Inflammation - -
2011-07-28 2011-07-28 DTD 0 0 - Thigh Soreness Hamstring - -
2011-05-02 2011-06-27 15-DL 56 51 Left Hand Surgery Fracture 2011-05-03
2010-09-08 2010-09-08 On-Alr 0 0 Left Ankle Surgery Debridement 2010-09-08
2010-07-19 2010-07-19 On-Alr 0 0 - Fracture Dropping Weights on Big Toe -
2010-06-28 2010-10-04 60-DL 98 87 Right Ankle Surgery Tendon Reconstruction 2010-08-05
2010-06-10 2010-06-12 DTD 2 1 - Ankle Soreness -
2010-06-05 2010-06-05 DTD 0 0 Right Ankle Sprain -
2009-05-15 2009-07-31 Minors 77 0 Left Foot Surgery Debridement - Heel 2009-05-19
2009-02-20 2009-02-26 Off 6 0 Left Lower Leg Strain Achilles Tendon -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2019 LAN $4,500,000
2018 PIT $4,250,000
2017 PIT $6,250,000
2016 PIT $3,000,000
2015 ANA $6,425,000
2014 ANA $5,050,000
2013 SLN $3,150,000
2012 SLN $508,000
2011 SLN $416,000
2010 SLN $400,000
2009 SLN $400,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
10 yrPrevious$29,849,000
2019Current$4,500,000
11 yrPvs + Cur$34,349,000
11 yrTotal$34,349,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
9 y 28 dCAA Sports1 year/$4.5M (2019)

Details
  • 1 year/$4.5M (2019). Re-signed as a free agent 11/1/18.
  • 2 years/$11M (2017-18), plus 2019 club option. Signed extension with Pittsburgh 8/22/16. 17:$6.25M, 18:$4.25M, 19:$6M club option ($0.5M buyout). Performance bonuses: $1M annually based on plate appearances. Acquired by LA Dodgers in trade from Pittsburgh 8/31/18 with $1,208,333 remaining on contract ($708,333 in 2018, plus $0.5M buyout for 2019). LA Dodgers declined 2019 option 11/1/18.
  • 1 year/$3M (2016). Signed by Pittsburgh as a free agent 3/11/16.
  • 1 year/$6.425M (2015). Re-signed by LA Angels 1/28/15 (avoided arbitration, $7.6M-$5.25M).
  • 1 year/$5.05M (2014). Signed by LA Angels 1/31/14 (avoided arbitration, $6M-$4.1M).
  • 1 year/$3.15M (2013). Re-signed by St. Louis 2/8/13 (avoided arbitration, $$3.75M-$2.4M). Acquired by LA Angels in trade from St. Louis 11/22/13.
  • 1 year/$0.508M (2012). Re-signed by St. Louis 2/22/12 (split contract, $0.2496M in minors).
  • 1 year/$0.416M (2011). Re-signed by St. Louis 2/11.
  • 1 year/$0.4M (2010). Re-signed by St. Louis 3/4/10.
  • 1 year/$0.4M (2009). Contract purchased by St. Louis 4/5/09.
  • Acquired by St. Louis in trade from San Diego 12/15/07 (Jim Edmonds deal) (Cardinals paid Padres $2M in the deal).
  • Drafted by San Diego 2006 (9-273) (South Alabama). $6,000 signing bonus.

2019 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 1/27/2017 12:35 ET

PCT PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG DRC+ VORP FRAA WARP
90o 80 10 19 3 0 2 15 9 20 0 0 .275 .375 .406 120 4.2 1B 1 0.6
80o 60 7 14 2 0 2 10 7 15 0 0 .269 .367 .423 113 2.4 1B 1 0.3
70o 46 5 10 2 0 1 8 5 12 0 0 .250 .348 .375 107 1.4 1B 1 0.2
60o 34 4 7 1 0 1 6 3 9 0 0 .241 .333 .379 102 0.7 1B 0 0.1
50o 22 2 5 1 0 1 3 2 6 0 0 .263 .333 .474 97 0.3 1B 0 0.1
40o 10 1 2 0 0 0 2 1 3 0 0 .222 .300 .222 93 0.1 1B 0 0.0
Weighted Mean273610143700.261.370.435990.51B 00.1

Preseason Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2019 Projections)

Playing time estimates are based on performance, not Depth Charts.
Year Age PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB AVG OBP SLG DRC+ WARP VORP BRR POS_ADJ REP_ADJ RAA FRAA
20203718621377041817500.228.315.345880.30.9-0.8-1.34.8-1.82.1
20213813215275031313360.232.320.352910.30.9-0.6-0.93.4-0.91.5
2022397691630277210.227.312.341860.10.3-0.3-0.52.0-0.80.9
2023406371220166170.228.314.343870.10.2-0.3-0.51.6-0.70.7
2024415461120155150.225.311.338850.10.1-0.2-0.41.4-0.60.6
2025425061020155140.223.309.330830.10.0-0.2-0.41.3-0.70.6
202643455920144130.220.307.322810.0-0.1-0.2-0.41.2-0.70.5
2027444651020144130.221.307.324810.0-0.1-0.2-0.41.2-0.70.5
2028454651020144130.220.306.321800.0-0.1-0.2-0.41.2-0.70.5

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 80)

Rank Score Name Year DRC+ Trend
1 94 Melvin Mora 2008 116
2 90 Ken Boyer 1967 98
3 89 Casey Blake 2010 90
4 89 Doug Decinces 1987 97
5 88 Juan Uribe 2015 103
6 88 Eric Chavez 2014 98
7 87 Davey Johnson 1979 0 DNP
8 87 Johnny Bench 1984 0 DNP
9 86 Jhonny Peralta 2018 0 DNP
10 84 Graig Nettles 1981 111
11 84 Frank Baker 1922 94
12 84 Richie Hebner 1984 107
13 83 Pinky Higgins 1945 0 DNP
14 83 Robin Ventura 2004 96
15 83 Ed Charles 1969 80
16 83 Sal Bando 1980 87
17 83 Jimmy Dykes 1933 88
18 83 Scott Rolen 2011 91
19 83 Art Howe 1983 0 DNP
20 82 Bobby Bonilla 1999 83
21 82 Jose Valentin 2006 104
22 82 Ron Cey 1984 110
23 81 Brandon Inge 2013 56
24 81 Mike Lowell 2010 94
25 81 Mark DeRosa 2011 77
26 81 Joe Randa 2006 85
27 81 Phil Garner 1985 91
28 81 Hank Majeski 1953 89
29 81 Pie Traynor 1935 68
30 81 Don Hoak 1964 64
31 80 Jay Bell 2002 78
32 80 Woodie Held 1968 55
33 79 Matt Williams 2002 109
34 79 Bill White 1970 0 DNP
35 79 Raul Ibanez 2008 116
36 79 Dan Uggla 2016 0 DNP
37 79 Ryan Ludwick 2015 0 DNP
38 79 Lyle Overbay 2013 91
39 79 Joe Kuhel 1942 96
40 79 Gary Matthews 2011 0 DNP
41 79 Eduardo Perez 2006 98
42 79 Don Money 1983 67
43 79 Ronnie Belliard 2011 0 DNP
44 78 Cliff Floyd 2009 62
45 78 Jose Cruz 1984 124
46 78 Harold Baines 1995 147
47 78 Gary Matthews 1987 78
48 78 Joe Gordon 1951 0 DNP
49 78 Davey Lopes 1981 82
50 78 Andres Torres 2014 0 DNP
51 78 Aramis Ramirez 2014 113
52 78 Bob Brenly 1990 0 DNP
53 78 Mickey Vernon 1954 121
54 78 Brooks Robinson 1973 93
55 78 Johnny Dickshot 1946 0 DNP
56 78 Phil Nevin 2007 0 DNP
57 78 Todd Zeile 2002 103
58 78 Ed Konetchy 1922 0 DNP
59 78 Harvey Hendrick 1934 74
60 78 Justin Morneau 2017 0 DNP
61 78 Julio Franco 1995 0 DNP
62 78 Bill Mueller 2007 0 DNP
63 78 Chet Lemon 1991 0 DNP
64 78 Don Baylor 1985 112
65 78 Jim Fregosi 1978 106
66 78 Tim Salmon 2005 0 DNP
67 78 Bill Madlock 1987 107
68 78 Dave Winfield 1988 154
69 78 Ival Goodman 1945 0 DNP
70 77 Ray Boone 1960 88
71 77 Rondell White 2008 0 DNP
72 77 Tim Wallach 1994 123
73 77 Will Clark 2000 139
74 77 Hank Bauer 1959 89
75 77 Skeeter Barnes 1993 86
76 77 Carlos Guillen 2012 0 DNP
77 77 Carl Everett 2007 0 DNP
78 77 Ron Gant 2001 92
79 77 Joe Torre 1977 65
80 77 Fred McGriff 2000 115
81 77 Andre Thornton 1986 113
82 77 Marlon Byrd 2014 104
83 77 Bob Kennedy 1957 68
84 77 Adam LaRoche 2016 0 DNP
85 77 Steve Finley 2001 97
86 77 Charlie Maxwell 1963 101
87 77 Ty Wigginton 2014 0 DNP
88 77 Bud Stewart 1952 106
89 77 Kevin Millar 2008 105
90 77 Hersh Martin 1946 0 DNP
91 77 Bret Boone 2005 80
92 77 Ben Oglivie 1985 110
93 77 Norm Cash 1971 146
94 77 Harry Hooper 1924 121
95 77 Dick Bartell 1944 0 DNP
96 77 Frenchy Bordagaray 1946 0 DNP
97 77 Randy Velarde 1999 118
98 77 Joel Youngblood 1988 78
99 77 Brian Jordan 2003 105
100 77 Dusty Baker 1985 120

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2019  Due to publishing agreements, the 2019 player comments and team essays are only available in the Baseball Prospectus 2019 book (available in hardcopy, and soon e-book and Kindle).
2018 In an era of two Wild Cards per league and a solid month of playoff baseball, October heroes get to be like day lilies: momentarily thrilling, but short-lived, quickly forgotten and just as quickly replaced. Freese is an exception. He bloomed late, but that miraculous pair of long hits in Game 6 of the 2011 fall classic turned out not to be miracles, after all. They were, rather, the product of a unique skill set that has aged gracefully. Freese uses center and right field as well as any right-handed hitter. Of 186 qualifying batters, Freese posted the sixth-deepest average contact point last season, letting the ball travel well into the hitting zone before jolting it the other way. That approach has not allowed Freese to retain the power he had in his early years, but the swing that put rings on the Cardinals' fingers seven years ago is still putting money in Freese's pockets. What's more, a few years of good health have allowed his defense at third base to improve, even as he nears his mid-thirties.
2017 It was strange that it took Freese until March 11 to sign last year. It was even stranger that he netted just $3 million after a very solid 2015 with the Angels; the last time a Mr. Freese got this raw a deal, Uma Thurman told Arnold Schwarzenegger that George Clooney killed his wife. Freese walked and struck out more than usual last season, but all in all he was the same slightly-above-average hitter and slightly-above-average defender we’ve come to know. The former World Series hero was especially potent against lefties, hitting .337/.419/.543 in 105 PA. The Pirates rewarded Freese by locking him up through at least 2018 for $10.5 million.
2016 After two straight seasons of slugging like a middle infielder, Freese was able to rebound in 2015 with his best power output since his twenties, setting him up nicely to inhale the pungent air of free agency for the first time. At a minimum, he has contributed league-average offense at the plate even in his down years, and though the late-blossoming infielder appears to have passed his short peak, even the decline phase should include a couple more productive seasons.
2015 On one count, Freese delivered: In Game One of the ALDS, he hit what seemed at the time to be a crucial home run, and wound up posting the second-best OPS of the club's brief postseason run. That provided the Angels with a little “Big Game” pyrrhic victory in a season where Freese generally disappointed. He produced the 24th-best WARP of all MLB third basemen, and merely matched Peter Bourjos (who received just 60 percent of Freese's playing time) in that category. Meanwhile, Randal Grichuk—the other guy the Angels gave up to get Freese—took the reins in the Cardinals' right field, made their postseason roster and slammed a Clayton Kershaw curveball into the seats. Entering the 2015 offseason, the Halos are reportedly looking to go either better or cheaper at third base, so yeah, Angels fans have every reason to hold a grudge.
2014 Freeses modest production caused some to suggest he was living off his 2011 postseason glory and a change was necessary. That overlooks the fact that he was quite good in 2012. No, the problem in 2013 was the same one that caused his late bloom in the first place: shoddy health. A lower back issue grounded him to start the season and seemed to linger, sapping his power. Freese remains one of baseballs most fly ball-averse batsmen, and some regression from his 20 percent homer-per-fly ratio in 2012 was all but guaranteed. Still, a meager .119 isolated power is an overcorrection. The Angels acquired him to fill the hole left by the Alberto Callaspo trade, and if he regains his health he'll fit nicely for two years before hitting free agency at 33. Retaining him beyond that point would probably suck.
2013 So thats what happens when Freese stays (mostly) healthy for a full season. The 2011 World Series MVP avoided the DL despite a variety of nagging ailments and spent last year punishing National League pitching. More a hitter than a slugger, Freese maintains a high batting average by stinging copious hard grounders and line drives around the park, and when he does loft one it tends to leave the yardhis rate of 20 percent home runs per fly ball last year was among the circuits highest. Thats not likely to continue, but if he can continue to draw walks and play a capable third base, hell provide great production. As pleasant as all that is, Freese is 30 and seems to have ankle ligaments made of spun sugar, so as he grows more expensive the Cardinals should already be planning their exit strategy.
2012 Never again will Freese be known simply as the Cardinals return in the trade of Jim Edmonds. A World Series MVP will have that effect. But the road to becoming a hometown hero was not smooth. A career-long battle with injuries has limited his speed and his range in the field. The bad luck continued this spring when he was struck by a Scott Linebrink fastball, causing him to miss most of May and June with a broken hamate bone in his left hand. Freese managed to put together a productive second half, despite a bad hamstring and a beaning from Clay Hensley. Then, in October, he caught fire, grinding out one at-bat after another en route to a Pujols-like postseason slash line of .397/.465/.794. PECOTA is not optimistic Freese can continue his October surge, and hell be nearly 30 years old when he becomes eligible for arbitration after the 2012 season. But his postseason hardware gives him a little more leverage than the typical arbitration rookie.
2011 Freese inherited the third-base job last year but couldnt run with it, as a series of lower leg injuries culminating in surgery on both ankles kept him from running much of anywhere. Hes back to try again this spring, possibly healthy but definitely a year oldernot a good thing for a 28-year-old prospect. Freese has hit everywhere hes been and gets on base, though the prodigious power he showed in the minors has so far melted under the bright lights, and injuries have reduced his range to below-average. The best-case scenario for Freese is that hell be an inexpensive complement to the millionaires in the middle of the order, but hes not destined for their tax bracket.
2010 Remember those answers to multiple-choice questions that seemed really close to the right answer, but weren't exactly right? Welcome to Freese's world, as his shot at being last season's third baseman got skipped. Bumped from the roster early as La Russa went with Thurston and Barden, a May ankle injury that shelved him for six weeks perhaps inspired the decisions to first try Khalil Greene before trading for DeRosa. Once Freese returned to action for August, he slugged .620 for Memphis in 140 PAs; that got him one September start in the majors. As possible answers go, he's been recycled; he'll contend with Allen Craig in camp, but he's not young and his defense isn't such that it makes selecting him easy.
2009 The Cards acquired Freese for franchise legend Jim Edmonds before last season. One might think being traded straight up for a potential Hall of Famer when you've yet to play above A-ball would put a lot of pressure on the kid, but Freese wasn't bothered at all, even after the Cardinals put him on a night train to Memphis that blew right past Double-A Springfield. You'd like to see a little more selectivity, but the real question is whether he can stay at third. The Cardinals think so, and he'll be back in Triple-A, insuring against a Glaus injury.
2008 David Freese was traded to the Cardinals for Jim Edmonds in December. His power and plate discipline make him a strong third-base prospect
2007 The team`s eighth-rounder in 2006, University of Alabama star David Freese signed quickly and continued to terrorize pitchers wherever he played. Although he`s already 24, if he hits his way to Double-A, he might make it.

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2011-03-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)Is David Freese worth keeping at a cheap price? What do you think about CC this year?
(Tim from Harlem)
If you're in a deep keeper league, sure he is, but if you've got eight teams or fewer in an NL-only league, not so much, because there isn't a tremendous upside involved. As for CC, I figure he's the one thing sure to be sound among the Bronx's rotation options. (Christina Kahrl)
2011-03-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)Wow, you nailed my David Freese situation perfectly. I can keep him for $1 in an eight-team, NL-only league, and I'm flip-flopping over whether to do so.
(GBSimons from Boise, ID)
Yeah, that's a tough buck to spend in that situation... if you had some insight into what else will be in the pool, you'd be better set; the potential tragedy of having to spend more than that buck later, with FAAB, because supply isn't infinite, that's well worth avoiding. (Christina Kahrl)
2010-06-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)Who is most likely to maintain his offensive gains this year in 2011: Kelly Johnson, David Freese or Travis Snider?
(Nico Toscani from Above the Law)
"You guys think you're above the law... well you ain't above mine!" CLASSIC

Travis Snider. (Tommy Bennett)
2010-05-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)Given his performs in the second half last year and the beginning of this season, do you think we can actually start to trust Barry Zito?
(YD from Philly)
More important than Barry Zito, I'm listening to The Giraffes now that the Pixies are finished with.

Back to Zito though, he has a 2.45 ERA, 7.3 K/9, 3.6 BB/9 and just 0.6 HR/9 since July 18 of last season (121 1/3 innings). I don't think that the ERA is realistic, but he sure seems to be back on track nowadays.

Unrelated, but I just traded Heath Bell and Jason Marquis for David Freese and Mat Latos in a keeper league. I took over someone else's roster, so this year is for rebuilding. I like that return, especially since keeping closers isn't my bag and both of those players are cheap cheap. (Marc Normandin)
2010-02-11 13:00:00 (link to chat)Shawn- What should the Cardinals do at 3B?
(Jake from St. Louis)
They're going with David Freese. He got a little BABIP-lucky in Memphis last year, but his projections are decent enough (a bit above average), which should be good enough. And you can't beat the price. (Shawn Hoffman)
2010-02-11 13:00:00 (link to chat)The Cardinals gotta like David Freese's price? I hope they do...your 2013 St. Louis Cardinals - Matt Holliday, Albert Pujols, and 23 guys making league minimum...like David Freese.
(Paul from LA)
That'll only be a problem if the economy doesn't start growing again, or if MLB just doesn't grow over the next few years, for whatever reason. In fact, if I were them I'd be trying to get Albert signed right now, because it's entirely possible that the market will be in much better shape next winter. (Shawn Hoffman)
2010-01-19 15:30:00 (link to chat)Trade Stephen Drew, Austin Jackson and Budd Norris for David Freese, Scott Downs and CJ Wilson? In a dynasty league and have no relief pitching
(Jquinton82 from NY)
I don't usually answer fantasy questions, but you do know that the Rangers are going to try Wilson in the rotation this spring, right? Even if he does go back to the pen, seems to me you're overpaying. (Steven Goldman)


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