Posted November 21, 2013

Report: Angels, Cardinals have discussed trade for third baseman David Freese

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David Freese hit a career-low .262 last season. (Rob Carr/Getty Images)

David Freese hit a career-low .262 last season and struggled mightily in the playoffs. (Rob Carr/Getty Images)

The St. Louis Cardinals have discussed trading 2011 World Series and NLCS MVP David Freese to the Angels, according to Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal.

The Cardinals are reportedly hesitant to give Freese, who grew up in the St. Louis area, a long-term extension. Coming off a down year at age 30, he’s a prime target to be moved.

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The Angels need help at third base after trading Alberto Callaspo to Oakland at the trade deadline. They are also seeking young pitching, which St. Louis has a plethora of.

Freese hit .293 with 20 home runs and an .839 OPS in 2012, when he made the All-Star team, but his numbers dipped to .262 with nine homers and a .721 OPS last season.

In 48 postseason games, Freese is a .289 hitter with seven home runs and 29 RBIs, but he was only 10-for-56 (.179) with 16 strikeouts in last year’s playoffs.

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5 comments
Michael10
Michael10

Hey, SI, how about writing a whole article? Not much of a "trade rumor" if you don't even mention what the Cardinals might expect in return...

BlowPop852
BlowPop852

Angles like used up has beens. Probably sign him for 300 million for 4 years. Worst team in the majors for decision making. Guaranteed to be bottom of the division for the next 15 years. Going to need a wheel chair at first base before you know it!

RD
RD

We'd better not be getting Pujols back!!!

Under_Dog_Lefty
Under_Dog_Lefty

As an Angels' fan, I can't see this trade making a whole lot of sense IF it doesn't include pitching because that is the Angels' biggest need.  Besides, Aybar is a top-shelf SS and they don't have anyone in their system to replace him, so why fill one infield hole with an average defensive player while creating another by shipping out an above-average player?  Only way this rumor could make any sense is if it's multiple players sent in both directions to fill several needs of each team. 

And with that said, how about sending Puljos back to St. Louis for a couple of promising young pitchers still under control?  I can dream, can't I?