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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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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. Aug 22 - 2:47 PM

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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.
Aug 19 - 11:24 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.
Aug 11 - 4:01 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.
Aug 10 - 8:40 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.
Aug 6 - 9:59 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.
Aug 5 - 12:19 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.
Jul 30 - 9:31 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.
Jul 7 - 11:22 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.
Jul 7 - 12:44 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.
Jul 6 - 12:06 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.
Jun 26 - 10:55 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.
Jun 21 - 11:51 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.
Jun 12 - 8:37 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.
Jun 9 - 9:05 PM

David Freese (hand) is out of the Pirates' starting lineup Wednesday against the Mets.

Freese also missed the second half of Tuesday's doubleheader, but this could be more about strategy than his bruised right hand. Jung Ho Kang is starting at third base and John Jaso is at first base on Wednesday night versus Mets right-hander Noah Syndergaard.
Jun 8 - 3:51 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Francisco Cervelli
2Chris Stewart
3Eric Fryer
4Jacob Stallings
5Elias Diaz
1B1John Jaso
2Josh Bell
3Jason Rogers
2B1Josh Harrison
2Alen Hanson
SS1Jordy Mercer
2Pedro Florimon
3B1Jung Ho Kang
2David Freese
3Sean Rodriguez
LF1Starling Marte
2Matt Joyce
CF1Andrew McCutchen
RF1Gregory Polanco
2Adam Frazier
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Gerrit Cole
2Jameson Taillon
3Ivan Nova
4Chad Kuhl
5Ryan Vogelsong
6Steven Brault
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Tony Watson
2Neftali Feliz
3Felipe Rivero
4Jared Hughes
5Juan Nicasio
6Antonio Bastardo
7Jeff Locke
8A.J. Schugel
9Tyler Glasnow
10Drew Hutchison
11Trevor Williams
12Wade LeBlanc
13Zach Phillips
14Phil Coke