Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Dodgers have signed infielder David Freese to a one-year, $5 million deal. $500,000 of that covers the buyout of the remainder of his previous deal.
Freese, 35, came over to the Dodgers from the Pirates on August 31 and played quite well. After batting .282/.336/.444 during the regular season with the Pirates, Freese hit .385/.489/.641 in 19 games down the stretch for the Dodgers, facing mostly left-handed pitching. Though the Dodgers faltered in the World Series, Freese continued to hit, slugging a triple and a home run in five games.
Freese plays both first and third base and will be used there as opportunities present themselves next season.
LOS ANGELES — Giancarlo Stanton, Josh Donaldson, and Tommy Kahnle were activated by the New York Yankees ahead of their weekend series against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
New York cleared three roster spots after a 1-0 loss at Seattle, optioning infielder-outfielders Oswaldo Cabrera and Franchy Cordero to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre along with left-hander Matt Krook.
Stanton, Donaldson and Kahnle all played in a rehab game for Double-A Somerset. Stanton was hitless in three at-bats in his first appearance since injuring his left hamstring on April 15.
Donaldson went 1 for 4 in his fourth rehab game as he comes back from a strained right hamstring originally sustained on April 5.
Kahnle pitched one inning, giving up one run and one hit and walking two. He has been out since spring training with right biceps tendinitis.
Aaron Boone said he wasn’t concerned about Stanton returning after playing in just one rehab game. He did say that Stanton likely will be a designated hitter for a couple of weeks after rejoining the Yankees.
New York is missing centerfielder Harrison Bader, who strained his right hamstring against the Mariners and went on the injured list the next day.
Left-hander Carlos Rodón, sidelined since spring training by a sore left forearm and an ailing back, was transferred to the 60-day injured list.