Saturday, March 12, 2016

Pirates sign David Freese

The Pittsburgh Pirates attempted to fill a gap at third base and may have filled two in the long run with the one year contract signed by former Cardinal and Angel David Freese.

The contract worth three million seems reasonable and Freese will see time at both third and first base.
Freese will be the starter at third until Jung-Ho Kang returns from injury,which is expected to be in late April to early May and upon the return of Kang,will shift to first base to platoon with John Jaso in an attempt to replace Pedro Alvarez.

Freese hit .257 with 14 homers last year for the Angels,so the soon to be 33 (in April) year old has some game left and even if he (and Jaso) falls short as the first base tag team should provide decent value for the contract.

The Pirates designated Jesse Biddle for assignment to make space for Freese on the 40 man roster.
Biddle was recently acquired from Philadelphia,but will likely clear and return to his rehabbing from Tommy John surgery.

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