Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Report: Yankees Interested In David Freese

According to Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News, the Yankees and Cardinals have discussed a trade for Cardinals third baseman David Freese.

It is unclear what St. Louis would want in return, but considering that Freese had a down season last year hitting .262/.340/.381/.721, it would probably not be much.

Even though the Yankees are operating under the assumption that Alex Rodriguez will play next year they have to consider backup plans and Freese would be a nice and cheap pickup.

Even in a down season for him Freese's 106 wRC+ was not terrible. Freese is only 30 years old, so it is reasonable that last year was just a fluke bad year and that he can return to his original form.

Freese's career numbers are .286/.356/.437/.783 with a .345 wOBA and 119 wRC+. The Yankees would take those numbers from him next season for sure.

Freese's luxury tax number is very low, so that is a non issue, and he should not cost a high level prospect. Freese has also been known as a clutch player in his career, as he was the 2011 World Series MVP. He had a record 21 RBI for that entire postseason.

Freese could be like when the Yankees acquired Nick Swisher. A guy coming off a down year, but should be able to bounce back towards his career numbers. Freese would be a very solid pickup for the Yankees.

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