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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
Contract: view contract details

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David Freese sat out the final series of the regular season due to discomfort in his left leg.
It's unclear how serious the ailment is, but he'll have a full offseason to get healthy so it shouldn't be a concern going forward. The 33-year-old did such a nice job in his role with the Pirates that he was rewarded with a two-year extension in late August. He finished the season hitting .270/.352/.412 with 13 homers and 55 RBI in 492 plate appearances. Sun, Oct 2, 2016 09:11:00 PM

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Pirates signed 3B/1B David Freese to a two-year contract extension with a club option for 2019.

He'll get $6.25 million in 2017 and $4.25 million in 2018, and the club option for 2019 is worth $6 million with a $500,000 buyout. Freese was a nice offseason pickup for the Pirates on a one-year, $3 million free agent contract and is now locked up with Pittsburgh through at least his age-35 season at some fairly reasonable rates. The 33-year-old currently owns a .276/.355/.437 batting line with 12 home runs and 49 RBI in 107 games. He's made 58 starts at third base and 26 starts at first base.
Mon, Aug 22, 2016 02:47:00 PM

David Freese clubbed a two-run homer in a loss Friday versus the Marlins.

His two-run blast off Tom Koehler gave the Pirates the lead in the fourth inning in what was a back-and-forth affair. The Pirates were ultimately on the losing side. Freese is still doing most of his damage against left-handers, but he’s batting .282/.363/.447 with 12 homers and 48 RBI through 105 games on the year. His .810 OPS is his highest since his All-Star season with the Cardinals in 2012.
Fri, Aug 19, 2016 11:24:00 PM

David Freese went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI against the Padres on Thursday.

Freese has been as steady as they come for the Pirates this year; since May 30, his OPS has never dipped below .790. He's at .813 right now. If he stays at his current pace, he'll get offered starting jobs as a free agent this winter, unlike last winter.
Thu, Aug 11, 2016 04:01:00 PM

David Freese (elbow) managed three singles and three runs scored in his return to the Pirates' starting lineup Tuesday night against the Padres.

Freese hadn't played since taking a Homer Bailey pitch off his left elbow on Saturday night. He escaped with a bruise and returned Tuesday to provide a large chunk of the Pirates' offense in their 6-4 win versus San Diego. Freese is batting .282/.362/.449 with 43 RBI and 50 runs scored in 96 games this season.
Wed, Aug 10, 2016 08:40:00 AM

David Freese left Saturday's game against the Reds with left elbow discomfort.

He was hit by a pitch from Homer Bailey in the third inning. Freese toughed it out for a few innings before eventually being replaced by Jung Ho Kang. He went 0-for-2 with a strikeout before exiting. Consider Freese day-to-day.
Sat, Aug 6, 2016 09:59:00 PM

David Freese hit his 11th home run of the year in Thursday's loss to the Braves.

Freese took Braves reliever Chris Withrow deep in the eighth inning for a solo dinger. It was his lone hit in four trips to the plate, and the infielder has seen his line dip to .278/.357/.450 after hitting near .300 for much of the year. Freese has 43 RBI and 46 runs scored to go with those 11 homers in 93 games played.
Fri, Aug 5, 2016 12:19:00 AM

David Freese was ejected from Saturday's game against the Brewers for arguing balls and strikes.

Freese took exception to a called strike two during his at-bat in the fifth inning and was eventually given the hook from home plate umpire Marty Foster after continuing the argument between innings. John Jaso took over for Freese at first base. Freese went 0-for-3 with a pair of strikeouts before exiting.
Sat, Jul 30, 2016 09:31:00 PM

David Freese is out of the Pirates' starting lineup Thursday afternoon against the Cardinals.

Freese walked twice and slugged his ninth home run of the season on Wednesday night, but he'll grab some rest for Thursday's matinee finale at Busch Stadium. Jung Ho Kang is starting at third base and batting cleanup. John Jaso is at first base and leading off.
Thu, Jul 7, 2016 11:22:00 AM

David Freese hit his ninth homer and walked twice in the Pirates' 7-5 defeat of the Cardinals on Wednesday.

Any chance of Freese getting traded this month probably vanished with the allegations against Jung Ho Kang this week. The Pirates will need Freese as their everyday third baseman if Kang gets suspended. Freese has been a nice surprise, with a .296 average and an .847 OPS to date.
Thu, Jul 7, 2016 12:44:00 AM

David Freese went 2-for-4 with an RBI single and two runs scored in Tuesday's win over the Cardinals.

Freese continued to make his former team pay, notching an RBI single in the sixth inning to put the Pirates ahead. Freese has now hit in seven straight and nine of his last 10. The 33-year-old is batting .296/.369/.463 on the year.
Wed, Jul 6, 2016 12:06:00 AM

David Freese walloped a three-run double in the second inning on Sunday, leading the Pirates to a 4-3 victory over Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers.

It was his lone hit in four at-bats on the night, but proved to be the difference in the ballgame. Freese continues to excel in the middle of the Pirates lineup, slashing .290/.369/.448 with six bombs and 30 RBI.
Sun, Jun 26, 2016 10:55:00 PM

David Freese homered and drove home three runs on Tuesday as the Pirates were clobbered by the Giants.

Freese belted a two-run homer in the eighth inning and added an RBI double in the ninth, both long after the outcome of the game had already been decided. He has been a terrific signing for the Pirates this season, slashing .295/.373/.455 with six homers and 27 RBI.
Tue, Jun 21, 2016 11:51:00 PM

David Freese went 2-for-4 with an RBI as the Pirates fell to the Cardinals on Sunday.

Freese also scored a run in the contest. His run-scoring single in the fourth inning got the Pirates on the board, though they were already trailing 4-0 at the time. He has been an impact addition for the Pirates this season, slashing .294/.374/.439 with five long balls and 23 RBI.
Sun, Jun 12, 2016 08:37:00 PM

David Freese belted a three-run homer on Thursday, but it wasn't nearly enough to lead the Pirates to victory over the Rockies in Colorado.

At the time, the third baseman's three-run shot off Chad Bettis in the third inning pulled the Pirates to within two runs at 6-4. Freese also drew a walk in the contest, finishing 1-for-3 with a pair of strikeouts. He has been a nice pickup for the Pirates this year, slashing .293/.376/.443 with five homers and 22 RBI.
Thu, Jun 9, 2016 09:05:00 PM

Depth Charts

C1Francisco Cervelli
2Chris Stewart
3Elias Diaz
1B1Josh Bell
2John Jaso
3Jose Osuna
4Joey Terdoslavich
2B1Josh Harrison
2Alen Hanson
3Phil Gosselin
SS1Jordy Mercer
3B1Jung Ho Kang
2David Freese
LF1Gregory Polanco
2Adam Frazier
CF1Starling Marte
2Eury Perez
RF1Andrew McCutchen
Starting Pitcher
S1Gerrit Cole
2Jameson Taillon
3Ivan Nova
4Tyler Glasnow
5Chad Kuhl
6Steven Brault
7Drew Hutchison
8Josh Lindblom
9Brandon Cumpton
Relief Pitcher
R1Tony Watson
2Daniel Hudson
3Felipe Rivero
4Jared Hughes
5Juan Nicasio
6Antonio Bastardo
7Trevor Williams
8A.J. Schugel
9Wade LeBlanc
10Tyler Webb
11Jason Stoffel
12Dan Runzler