Update: Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports the deal is for a $4.5 M salary plus a $500,000 buyout, not the $6M initially reported by Michael Duarte of NBC Sports.
The deal is done: David Freese will remain a Los Angeles Dodger in 2019.
This much was confirmed in the early afternoon on the west coast by several sources.
— Michael J. Duarte (@michaeljduarte) November 2, 2018
David Freese has agreed to go back to the #Dodgers on a 1-yr contract
— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) November 2, 2018
Just yesterday, the Dodgers extended the deadline to negotiate with Freese on this transaction until Friday afternoon. Nonetheless the two sides didn’t need that much time to come together and consummate this deal.
Freese has a lot of value to the Dodgers moving forward, even entering his age 36 season. In the 2018 regular season he OPS’d at a 1.130 clip with two homers and nine RBI in 19 games played. Then – in the postseason – Freese homered twice and drove in six runs in 28 at-bats.
With Freese tucked away for use in 2019, today was a good day for the Dodgers. Perhaps he will serve as the appetizer for the main course that is a new Clayton Kershaw deal.
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