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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 went 1-for-3 with a go-ahead, two-run homer in the fifth inning in Wednesday's 5-4 comeback win over the Diamondbacks.
Freese clobbered a hanging two-strike slider from Rubby De La Rosa in the fifth inning, ending the pitcher's night and giving the Pirates a lead they wouldn't relinquish. He has lost some playing time with the return of Jung Ho Kang; however, the 33-year-old is an ideal bench player for a contending club. He's now hitting .277/.365/.394 with 23 runs scored and 14 runs batted in. May 25 - 11:00 PM

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David Freese delivered a go-ahead RBI single in Friday’s 2-1 victory over the Rockies.

After the Rockies tied the game on a solo homer by Nolan Arenado in the top of the sixth inning, Freese singled to center field off Eddie Butler in the bottom of the frame to put the Pirates back on top. The 33-year-old has been a useful contributor so far this season, batting .276/.357/.378 through 37 games. However, he’s only going to see part-time duty now that Jung Ho Kang is back in action.
May 20 - 10:19 PM

David Freese will start at first base and hit leadoff Tuesday against the Reds.

Not only will be this be Freese's second career start out of the leadoff spot, it will also be his second career start at first base. It's a bit odd to see him at first base against right-hander Alfredo Simon rather than John Jaso.
May 10 - 2:51 PM

David Freese is not in the Pirates' lineup Sunday.

He's just getting a day off. Sean Rodriguez is filling in at third base, while Josh Harrison has moved up to the No. 3 spot. Francisco Cervelli is also receiving a breather, as Chris Stewart is catching.

David Freese went 2-for-4 with a run scored Saturday against the Reds.

Freese now has multi-hit games in three of his last six contests. A late signing by the Pirates, the third baseman has been one of the team's best hitters through the month of April, batting .293/.387/.402 with a home run, nine RBI and 15 runs scored. Even when Jung Ho Kang returns in a few days, Freese should still find his way into the lineup with regularity as long as he continues to produce.
Apr 30 - 10:43 PM

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

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

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Francisco Cervelli
2Chris Stewart
3Elias Diaz
1B1John Jaso
2B1Josh Harrison
SS1Jordy Mercer
2Cole Figueroa
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
6Wilfredo Boscan
7Ryan Vogelsong
8A.J. Schugel
9Rob Scahill