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.
Outfielder B.J. Upton went by the name B.J., short for Bossman Junior, through the 2014 season. His father Manny was known as Bossman, hence Bossman Junior. Upton decided he wanted to be referred to by his birth name Melvin starting in 2015, saying that everyone except baseball fans knew him by that name. Now, he’s back to B.J., Scott Boeck of USA TODAY Sports reports.
For those keeping score at home, Upton is the artist formerly and currently known as B.J.
Upton, 34, hasn’t played in the majors since 2016. He signed a minor league deal with the Indians in December 2017 but was released in the middle of last March and wasn’t able to latch on with another team. It seems unlikely he finds his way back to the majors.