The Los Angeles Dodgers weren’t finished making moves when they acquired reliever Ryan Madson. Another trade was made late Friday night, with the Dodgers bringing aboard veteran third baseman David Freese from the Pittsburgh Pirates.Unquestionably, this is an organization that is going for it with every resource and asset that they can.
The Los Angeles Dodgers today acquired third baseman David Freese in a trade with the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for minor league infielder Jesus Manuel Valdez.
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) September 1, 2018
If you want an in-depth look at Freese’s career, check out his baseball-reference page. For the season, Freese is .283 with nine homers and 41 RBI. Furthermore, he is a player who can help the Dodgers attack pesky left-handed pitching. For his career, Freese holds a .300 lifetime average and .834 OPS against southpaws.
When I think about Freese, I think about the 2011 World Series. A series which saw him named Most Valuable Player. Still, this is a player who has 51 lifetime postseason games under his belt, and an .874 OPS in those games. The Dodgers are planning to play in the postseason, and Freese strengthens the sum of the whole parts.
Dave Roberts has the right idea.
“He’s a world champion. We’re going to use him against LHP, and a RHB off the bench. He’s a veteran presence.” — Doc on acquiring David Freese #Dodgers
— Michael J. Duarte (@michaeljduarte) September 1, 2018
The Dodgers are doing everything they can to try to make a deep playoff run. In acquiring Madson and now Freese, they’re laying the framework to strengthen small intricacies within games. All it takes is one big hit or big defensive play in the right spot down the stretch in a tight race to make this move a win. Freese has been the type of player over the course of his career who shows up when the lights are brightest. The Los Angeles front office should be applauded for doing all they could down to the buzzer of the non-waiver deadline. Now, who is ready for September baseball?
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