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Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG DRC+ WARP
10 4043 .275 .349 .415 95 9.1
Birth Date4-28-1983
Height6' 2"
Weight220 lbs
Age35 years, 7 months, 15 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
-0.02014
1.22015
1.12016
1.62017
1.22018
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 85 -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 -2.2 1.6 -0.6 0.8
2011 SLN 28 97 363 99 16 1 10 24 75 4 1 0 .297 .350 .441 100 1.8 -3.3 0.9 1.1
2012 SLN 29 144 567 147 25 1 20 57 122 7 3 3 .293 .372 .467 119 16.3 -3.5 -0.6 3.1
2013 SLN 30 138 521 121 26 1 9 47 106 9 1 2 .262 .340 .381 83 -7.9 -1.6 -14.2 -0.9
2014 ANA 31 134 511 120 25 1 10 38 124 6 1 3 .260 .321 .383 86 -5.8 -0.4 -8.3 0.0
2015 ANA 32 121 470 109 27 0 14 31 107 12 1 1 .257 .323 .420 90 -3.3 0.3 -0.1 1.2
2016 PIT 33 141 492 118 23 0 13 45 142 10 0 0 .270 .352 .412 89 -4.6 -0.4 3.2 1.1
2017 PIT 34 130 503 112 16 0 10 58 116 15 0 1 .263 .368 .371 95 -0.8 -4.7 5.3 1.6
2018 LAN 35 19 47 15 2 1 2 6 16 2 0 0 .385 .489 .641 111 0.8 -0.5 -0.4 0.1
2018 PIT 35 94 265 68 10 1 9 18 56 3 0 0 .282 .336 .444 103 2.2 -0.9 2.7 1.2
Career11054043990184710234793072811.275.349.41595-3.9-13.3-12.79.1

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 G PA oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ DRC+ DRC+ SD FRAA BRR DRAA BWARP
2006 FTW A 53 230 .249 .318 .351 .349 112 8 5.3 0.7 108 2 -8.5 -2.3 1.0 -0.4
2006 EUG A- 18 71 .262 .347 .391 .415 103 9.9 1.6 -0.4 114 3 -0.8 0.3 1.0 0.2
2007 LEL A+ 128 592 .273 .350 .430 .349 102 30.2 19.7 2.5 125 2 -1.6 1.8 15.7 3.7
2008 MEM AAA 131 510 .277 .347 .440 .355 101 22.6 15.6 1.7 115 1 2.4 3.5 14.4 3.6
2009 SLN MLB 17 34 .257 .328 .414 .375 94 1.4 1.0 0 85 20 -0.4 0.2 -0.4 0.0
2009 SFD AA 4 18 .267 .356 .410 .385 112 1.2 0.5 0.1 100 5 -0.4 0.4 0.0 0.1
2009 MEM AAA 56 225 .275 .343 .421 .360 88 21.1 7.3 0 120 2 -4.2 -3.6 8.0 0.7
2009 CRD Rk 4 12 .215 .338 .303 .571 102 2.6 0.4 0.1 175 14 -0.3 0.3 2.3 0.3
2010 SLN MLB 70 270 .261 .328 .413 .376 90 7.4 7.4 1 89 20 -0.6 1.6 -2.2 0.8
2010 SFD AA 1 3 .263 .311 .395 1.000 112 0.8 0.1 -0.1 84 6 0.0 -0.9 -0.1 -0.1
2011 SLN MLB 97 363 .262 .327 .411 .356 95 7 9.8 1.2 100 20 0.9 -3.3 1.8 1.1
2011 MEM AAA 4 14 .243 .301 .404 .300 99 -1 0.4 0.1 67 4 -0.3 0.0 -0.5 0.0
2012 SLN MLB 144 567 .257 .318 .404 .352 99 16.6 15.5 2.1 119 17 -0.6 -3.5 16.3 3.1
2013 SLN MLB 138 521 .250 .312 .386 .320 102 -3.8 13.7 1.7 83 9 -14.2 -1.6 -7.9 -0.9
2013 MEM AAA 3 13 .253 .339 .364 .400 82 1.2 0.4 0 73 4 -0.4 -0.9 -0.4 -0.1
2014 ANA MLB 134 511 .250 .310 .386 .330 96 4.4 13.2 1.1 86 18 -8.3 -0.4 -5.8 0.0
2014 SLC AAA 3 14 .294 .357 .464 .000 116 2.1 0.4 -0.1 132 4 -0.4 0.4 0.7 0.1
2015 ANA MLB 121 470 .257 .317 .413 .310 99 3.6 12.7 1.2 90 16 -0.1 0.3 -3.3 1.2
2015 SLC AAA 7 25 .272 .340 .395 .313 90 0.6 0.7 -0.2 91 4 -0.2 -0.3 -0.2 0.0
2016 PIT MLB 141 492 .252 .321 .412 .372 98 4.8 13.9 -1.7 89 16 3.2 -0.4 -4.6 1.1
2017 PIT MLB 130 503 .257 .326 .426 .336 94 6 14.7 1.5 95 21 5.3 -4.7 -0.8 1.6
2018 LAN MLB 19 47 .254 .323 .413 .619 100 6.8 1.3 -0.7 111 17 -0.4 -0.5 0.8 0.1
2018 PIT MLB 94 265 .245 .314 .400 .330 97 5.1 7.4 -0.2 103 14 2.7 -0.9 2.2 1.2

Statistics For All Levels

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

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr% CSAA
2009 122 0.4672 0.4426 0.7778 0.6316 0.2769 0.8333 0.6667 0.2222 -0.0008
2010 1020 0.5157 0.4480 0.7330 0.6502 0.2328 0.8129 0.4957 0.2670 -0.0051
2011 1459 0.4894 0.4592 0.7776 0.6204 0.3047 0.8488 0.6388 0.2224 -0.0060
2012 2182 0.4643 0.4647 0.7347 0.6288 0.3225 0.8305 0.5729 0.2653 -0.0075
2013 2022 0.4866 0.4580 0.7667 0.6463 0.2794 0.8664 0.5483 0.2333 -0.0044
2014 1977 0.5018 0.4532 0.7623 0.6210 0.2843 0.8636 0.5393 0.2377 0.0028
2015 1820 0.4725 0.4522 0.7643 0.6407 0.2833 0.8657 0.5588 0.2357 0.0012
2016 2051 0.4666 0.4451 0.7218 0.6405 0.2742 0.8157 0.5300 0.2782 0.0000
2017 2077 0.4916 0.4275 0.7725 0.6239 0.2377 0.8524 0.5697 0.2275 0.0000
2018 1270 0.4803 0.4283 0.7574 0.6148 0.2561 0.8427 0.5680 0.2426 0.0000
Career160000.48340.44900.75470.63180.27770.84560.55950.2453-0.0020

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
9 yrPrevious$25,599,000
2018Current$4,250,000
10 yrPvs + Cur$29,849,000
1 yrFuture$4,500,000
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.

2018 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 TAv VORP FRAA WARP
90o 289 34 73 14 0 7 34 28 64 0 0 .289 .372 .427 .289 15.2 3B 1 1.7
80o 268 30 65 13 0 6 31 25 61 0 0 .275 .358 .407 .276 10.3 3B 1 1.2
70o 253 28 60 12 0 6 28 23 59 0 0 .268 .348 .402 .266 7.2 3B 1 0.8
60o 241 26 55 11 0 5 26 21 57 0 0 .257 .336 .379 .258 4.7 3B 1 0.6
50o 229 24 51 10 0 5 24 20 55 0 0 .250 .328 .373 .251 2.5 3B 1 0.3
40o 217 22 46 9 0 4 23 18 53 0 0 .237 .313 .345 .243 0.6 3B 1 0.1
30o 205 20 42 8 0 4 21 16 50 0 0 .228 .302 .337 .235 -1.2 3B 1 -0.1
20o 190 18 38 7 0 4 19 15 48 0 0 .222 .295 .333 .226 -3.1 3B 1 -0.3
10o 169 15 32 6 0 3 16 12 43 0 0 .208 .276 .305 .212 -5.2 3B 1 -0.5
Weighted Mean2342552100525205500.250.329.370.2543.43B 10.4

Preseason Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2018 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 TAv WARP VORP BRR POS_ADJ REP_ADJ RAA FRAA
201936370437916083732920.240.319.360.2530.85.7-1.0-0.49.9-2.81.8
202037337397114073331830.238.321.355.2510.74.6-0.9-0.59.1-3.11.7
202138323386913073329810.243.324.365.2550.85.4-0.9-0.58.7-1.81.6
202239278325911062724700.240.318.356.2500.53.1-0.8-0.57.5-3.01.4
202340277325911062724700.238.317.353.2480.42.6-0.8-0.67.4-3.41.4
202441263305410052623670.236.315.349.2460.41.9-0.7-0.77.1-3.81.3
202542257295410052422660.235.314.344.2440.31.3-0.7-0.76.9-4.21.3
202643256285210042422660.233.313.338.2420.20.6-0.7-0.86.9-4.81.3
202744255285210042422660.233.311.337.2410.20.2-0.7-0.96.8-5.11.3

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 84)

Rank Score Name Year COMP_DRC_PLUS Trend
1 93 Mark DeRosa 2010 ?
2 92 Jhonny Peralta 2017 ?
3 92 Melvin Mora 2007 ?
4 90 Juan Uribe 2014 ?
5 90 Eric Chavez 2013 ?
6 89 Wes Helms 2011 ?
7 88 Brandon Inge 2012 ?
8 88 Don Money 1982 ?
9 88 Robin Ventura 2003 ?
10 88 Scott Spiezio 2008 ? DNP
11 87 Jeff Conine 2001 ?
12 87 Casey Blake 2009 ?
13 87 Al Smith 1963 ?
14 87 Howard Johnson 1996 ? DNP
15 86 Phil Garner 1984 ?
16 86 Sal Bando 1979 ?
17 86 Chris Sabo 1997 ? DNP
18 86 Joe Torre 1976 ?
19 86 Rich Aurilia 2007 ?
20 86 Scott Rolen 2010 ?
21 86 Art Howe 1982 ?
22 86 Don Hoak 1963 ?
23 85 Tim Wallach 1993 ?
24 85 Graig Nettles 1980 ?
25 85 Rance Mulliniks 1991 ?
26 85 Bob Kennedy 1956 ?
27 85 Vance Law 1992 ? DNP
28 85 Vern Stephens 1956 ? DNP
29 85 Ed Charles 1968 ?
30 84 Daryl Spencer 1964 ? DNP
31 84 Kelly Johnson 2017 ? DNP
32 84 Ken Boyer 1966 ?
33 84 Aaron Hill 2017 ?
34 84 Clete Boyer 1972 ? DNP
35 83 Jay Bell 2001 ?
36 83 Brooks Robinson 1972 ?
37 83 Pedro Feliz 2010 ?
38 83 Doug Decinces 1986 ?
39 83 Ty Wigginton 2013 ?
40 83 Gary Matthews 2010 ?
41 83 Mike Lowell 2009 ?
42 83 Scott Brosius 2002 ? DNP
43 83 Matt Diaz 2013 ?
44 82 George Kell 1958 ? DNP
45 82 Matt Williams 2001 ?
46 82 Todd Zeile 2001 ?
47 82 Bob Elliott 1952 ?
48 82 Dick Williams 1964 ?
49 82 Tim Teufel 1994 ? DNP
50 82 Denny Walling 1989 ?
51 82 Bobby Bonilla 1998 ?
52 82 Carl Everett 2006 ?
53 82 Puddin Head Jones 1961 ?
54 82 Orlando Hudson 2013 ? DNP
55 82 Lyle Overbay 2012 ?
56 82 Kevin McReynolds 1995 ? DNP
57 82 Ronnie Belliard 2010 ?
58 82 Jeff King 2000 ? DNP
59 82 Raul Mondesi 2006 ? DNP
60 82 Jason Michaels 2011 ?
61 82 Pat Kelly 1980 ?
62 82 Dave Clark 1998 ?
63 81 Aaron Boone 2008 ?
64 81 Jose Cruz Jr. 2009 ? DNP
65 81 Andy Van Slyke 1996 ? DNP
66 81 Davey Lopes 1980 ?
67 81 Ron Santo 1975 ? DNP
68 81 Buddy Bell 1987 ?
69 81 Gabe Kapler 2011 ? DNP
70 81 Terry Pendleton 1996 ?
71 81 Phil Cavarretta 1952 ?
72 81 Joe Collins 1958 ? DNP
73 81 Jim Morrison 1988 ?
74 81 Justin Morneau 2016 ?
75 81 Raul Ibanez 2007 ?
76 81 Hank Majeski 1952 ?
77 81 Olmedo Saenz 2006 ?
78 81 Bill Pecota 1995 ? DNP
79 81 Pat Mullin 1953 ?
80 81 Kevin Millar 2007 ?
81 81 Reed Johnson 2012 ?
82 81 Toby Harrah 1984 ?
83 81 Mike Aldrete 1996 ?
84 81 Jim Davenport 1969 ?
85 81 Shawn Green 2008 ? DNP
86 81 Andre Ethier 2017 ?
87 81 Ryan Ludwick 2014 ?
88 81 Kosuke Fukudome 2012 ?
89 80 Bill Mueller 2006 ?
90 80 Rondell White 2007 ?
91 80 Jerry Royster 1988 ?
92 80 Chris Denorfia 2016 ? DNP
93 80 Richie Hebner 1983 ?
94 80 Johnny Bench 1983 ?
95 80 Johnny Hopp 1952 ?
96 80 Michael Tucker 2006 ?
97 80 J.T. Snow 2003 ?
98 80 Chet Lemon 1990 ?
99 80 Stan Spence 1950 ? DNP
100 80 Joel Youngblood 1987 ?

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG DRC+
10 vs L (Multi) .297 .380 .491 ?
11 vs R (Multi) .257 .329 .386 ?
18 Split (Multi) -.040 -.051 -.105 ?
19 LgAvg (Multi) -.010 -.021 -.029 ?
30 vs L (2016) .337 .419 .543 ?
31 vs R (2016) .252 .333 .377 ?
38 Split (2016) -.085 -.086 -.167 ?
39 LgAvg (2016) -.008 -.018 -.027 ?

Definition of multi-year splits

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
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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