Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports that the Rangers have acquired left-hander Sam Freeman from the Cardinals for cash considerations or a player to be named later.
The Rangers signed left-hander Joe Biemel earlier this month with the idea of carrying him out of their bullpen this season, but he was given his release this week after a rough spring. They didn’t wait long to replace him.
Freeman owns a 3.33 ERA with a 61/34 K/BB ratio over 70 1/3 innings in the majors spread out over the past three seasons. It’s a very small sample, but the 27-year-old hasn’t fit the profile of a specialist in that time, as left-handed batters own a .704 OPS against him while right-handed batters have a .520 OPS.
With lefty reliever Josh Edgin dealing with elbow troubles which could result in Tommy John surgery, the Mets are keeping an eye on the market for left-handed relievers, ESPN’s Adam Rubin reports.
Rubin cites Sam Freeman of the Cardinals and Xavier Cedeno of the Nationals, both of whom are out of options with their respective teams. Freeman, 27, has a career 3.33 ERA and a 61/34 K/BB ratio over 70 1/3 innings. Cedeno, 28, has a career 5.19 ERA and a 50/22 K/BB ratio over 52 innings.
If the Mets decide to stay in-house for lefties, Scott Rice, Rule 5 pick Sean Gilmartin, Dario Alvarez, and Jack Leathersich are potential options.
St. Louis left A.J. Pierzynski off the NLDS roster, but now the Cardinals have added the veteran catcher to the NLCS roster.
Pierzynski was signed in late July to fill in for an injured Yadier Molina and hit just .244 with one homer and a .600 OPS in 30 games. For the Dodgers series the Cardinals opted to keep two catchers and preferred Tony Cruz as Molina’s backup, but now they’ll go with three catchers against the Giants.
Left-hander Sam Freeman was removed from the roster to make room for Pierzynski, who last played in the postseason for the White Sox in 2008.