The Pirates have signed David Freese to a one-year $3 million deal, the team announced yesterday.
Freese, 32, hit .257 with 27 doubles, 14 homers and 56 RBI last year with Angels. For his career he’s a .276/.344/.417 hitter in seven major league seasons, giving him an OPS+ of 112.
Many likely expected Freese to sign a longer term deal someplace. Maybe not anything crazy, but he’s a slightly better-than average hitter with potential to be a bit better than that if he gets hot and gets some bounces. He’s pretty durable and pretty solid, especially for a guy signing a couple of weeks after camps opened up.
With Freese in the fold the Pirates can put Josh Harrison at second base and not sweat the comeback of Jung Ho Kang as much as they may have and, in any case, the impulse to rush him back will be limited. Once he’s healthy the Pirates will have a lot of infield depth, which is a nice problem to have.
A pretty nifty pickup for the Pirates.