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David Freese | Third Baseman | #23

Team: Pittsburgh Pirates
Age / DOB:  (33) / 4/28/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 220
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: South Alabama
Drafted: 2006 / Rd. 9 (0) / SD
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David Freese hit his first home run of the season Tuesday against the Rockies.
Freese followed Andrew McCutchen's solo homer in the first inning with one of his own. It had to be a bit of a weight lifted off his shoulders after going his first 20 games in a Pirates uniform without a dinger. Despite the power outage, it's been a good first month thus far for the third sacker, who's hitting .278/.374/.392 with six RBI and 13 runs scored. Apr 27 - 12:22 AM

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David Freese went 2-for-3 with a walk and a run scored in Wednesday's loss to the Tigers.

Freese didn't have a team for most of spring training, but he caught on with Pittsburgh after it became clear that Jason Rogers couldn't handle the position defensively. He's taken advantage of the playing time. Freese is hitting .303/.361/.303 and hit third in the lineup. He won't offer much power and certainly won't be running on the basepaths, but it's a great short-term situation until Jung-ho Kang returns to the everyday lineup. He's worth an add in deeper leagues, as few number-three hitters are kicking around on the waiver wire these days.
Apr 14 - 12:38 AM

David Freese is out of the Pirates' starting lineup Monday against the Tigers.

Sean Rodriguez will start at third base and bat eighth against Detroit right-hander Justin Verlander. Freese is batting .269/.321/.269 with zero extra-base hits and 11 strikeouts through six games this season.
Apr 11 - 1:22 PM

David Freese hit a two-run homer and walked in his two plate appearances against the Reds on Saturday.

Freese is going to be the Pirates' No. 3 hitter initially, making him a decent stopgap in mixed leagues. He's expected to head to the bench after Jung Ho Kang comes off the DL, but if he outhits John Jaso in April, he could be shifted to first instead. Our guess is that Jaso will be the more productive of the two.
Apr 2 - 5:17 PM

David Freese will start at first base on Tuesday.

This will be his first look at first base this spring. Freese will serve as the Pirates' regular third baseman until Jung Ho Kang (knee) is ready, but he'll eventually move into a platoon role with John Jaso at first base.
Mar 29 - 9:43 AM

David Freese doubled, walked and scored twice as the Pirates' No. 2 hitter on Wednesday.

It looks like Clint Hurdle wants to leave Starling Marte in the cleanup spot after moving Andrew McCutchen up to second. As a result, Freese is getting starts hitting third. It'd give his early season value an extra boost and perhaps make him viable in mixed leagues until Jung Ho Kang gets back.
Mar 23 - 5:28 PM

David Freese will make his Grapefruit League debut Thursday against the Yankees.

He'll serve as the DH and bat third. Freese signed with the Pirates last Friday and should open the season as the starting third baseman while Jung Ho Kang recovers from knee surgery. Freese hit a career-low .257 in 424 at-bats for the Angels last year.
Mar 17 - 10:20 AM

Pirates signed third baseman David Freese to a one-year, $3 million contract.

Freese was a perfectly average regular for the Angels the last two years, though at age 33, he could fall off a cliff at any time. Fortunately, the Pirates aren't going to be counting on him as more than a role player. They'll let him open up as the starting third baseman while Jung Ho Kang finishes off his knee rehab. After that, he'll start at third on occasion while Kang plays short and perhaps start at first base against left-handers.
Mar 11 - 6:31 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal says the Indians "still could" add a position player this winter and free agent third baseman David Freese is among the options.

Cleveland is also displaying some amount of interest in Juan Uribe. Freese has struggled to build a market for himself this offseason even though his free agency is not tied to draft pick compensation. The 32-year-old posted a decent .743 OPS with 14 home runs and 56 RBI in 121 games last summer for the Angels. Giovanny Urshela is currently projected to open the 2016 season as the Indians' starter at third base and he is very good defensively, but his bat is still in the developmental stages.
Jan 21 - 11:55 AM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Angels and David Freese "are said to be making progress" on a new contract.

There's no word yet on what the potential terms of a new deal would look like. Freese has hit an underwhelming .258/.322/.401 in his two years with the Halos, but the free agent market at third base is thin, making it sensible that the Angels would want to bring him back. The former World Series MVP will turn 33 next April, so this could be his last chance at a multi-year contract.
Fri, Dec 4, 2015 11:27:00 AM

Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports that the Angels will not give David Freese a $15.8 million qualifying offer.

The Angels are interested in bringing Freese back, but it's not a surprise that they feel he isn't nearly worth $15.8 million The third baseman batted .257/.323/.420 with 14 homers for the Halos this season.
Fri, Nov 6, 2015 02:55:00 PM

David Freese said Sunday that he would "absolutely" like to return to the Angels next season.

And it sounds like the Halos will try to work something out with the 32-year-old free agent third baseman. Freese had a nice season in Anaheim and there's not a ready-made replacement at the hot corner in that organization. "A lot of things have to happen on both sides," Freese said Sunday evening. "It’s a new experience for me. We’ll see what happens when the World Series is over, and go from there."
Mon, Oct 5, 2015 10:51:00 AM

David Freese went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in Sunday's win over the Mariners.

Freese launched a solo homer off Mariners starter Hisashi Iwakuma in the fifth inning. It would be his only hit in the contest. He's now homered in back-to-back game and is slashing .258/.320/.424 with 13 homers and 53 RBI. The numbers might not be particularly electric, but this has been the 32-year-old third-baseman's best overall season since 2012.
Sun, Sep 27, 2015 06:27:00 PM

David Freese hit a go-ahead two-run double in the top of the eighth inning as the Angels rallied to beat the Astros 6-5 on Wednesday afternoon in Houston.

Freese thought he had popped out, but the ball banged off the short left field wall at Minute Maid Park and scored both Mike Trout and Collin Cowgill. It was the only hit of the game for Freese, who struck out twice and is batting just .254/.317/.406 in 389 at-bats this season. He still has a knack for clutch hits, and the Angels are still in the hunt for a postseason spot.
Wed, Sep 23, 2015 06:16:00 PM

Angels activated 3B David Freese from the 15-day disabled list.

Freese's return from a non-displaced fracture in his right index finger took much longer than expected, but he's finally ready to go. He'll return to a .240/.309/.397 batting line with 11 homers and is back at third base Tuesday.
Tue, Sep 1, 2015 06:51:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Francisco Cervelli
2Chris Stewart
3Elias Diaz
1B1John Jaso
2Jason Rogers
2B1Josh Harrison
SS1Jordy Mercer
3B1Jung Ho Kang
2David Freese
3Sean Rodriguez
LF1Starling Marte
2Matt Joyce
CF1Andrew McCutchen
RF1Gregory Polanco
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Gerrit Cole
2Francisco Liriano
3Jon Niese
4Jeff Locke
5Juan Nicasio
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Mark Melancon
2Tony Watson
3Arquimedes Caminero
4Neftali Feliz
5Jared Hughes
6Cory Luebke
7Kyle Lobstein
8Ryan Vogelsong
9A.J. Schugel
10Rob Scahill