LOS ANGELES—The Los Angeles Dodgers are not done making acquisitions. The Dodgers received third baseman David Freese from the Pittsburg Pirates on Friday, August 31.
Freese was drafted in the ninth round by the San Diego Padres in 2006. He was brought to the Major Leagues by the St. Louis Cardinals in 2009. The Dodgers traded minor league infielder Jesus Manuel Valdez for Freese. The third baseman played for the St. Louis Cardinals (2009-2013), Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (2014-2015), and Pittsburgh Pirates (2016-2018).
The Dodgers once again strengthened their roster, with a goal of returning to the World Series. The Dodgers currently sit at second place in the National League Western Division. They’re currently one game behind the Arizona Diamondbacks.
During his career, Freese made the All-Star game in 2012. He also won the World Series in 2011, as well as the World Series MVP. He won the NLCS MVP in 2011, as well as the Babe Ruth Award in the same year. During his 10 year career, Freese has hit 100 home runs, 497 runs batted in (RBI), 975 hits, and 437 runs. He has a career batting average of .274.
The Pittsburgh Pirates released the following statement after the trade:
“We made the difficult decision to trade David to give him an opportunity to pursue a World Series Championship this season. We truly appreciate all that David has contributed to the Pirates these three seasons and wish him well. This move will free up valuable playing time for some of our younger players, while clearing some salary. We are also pleased to add a player with interesting power, athleticism and defensive versatility to our system in Valdez.”