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Trade News: Dodgers Acquire Veteran Slugger David Freese From Pittsburgh

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.

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.

Analysis

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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Written by Clint Evans

Clint lives in Ohio, and played collegiate baseball. He loves the Dodgers due to his first memories of Chavez Ravine when he was nine years old. The voice of Vin Scully has been a staple in his life since he was a kid. No amount of baseball talk is ever enough, and he wishes the regular season was year round. He has written about baseball online since 2007.

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  1. He will be a good addition, playing first base against lh pitching. Madson? We’ll have to wait and see. Personally I think the bullpen ks already upgraded, Jansen, Maeda, Stripling, Alexander, Fields, Floro et all isn’t a bad bullpen.

    • I sorta agree. Dodgers are loaded for battle. The hitting MUST produce results with consistency. Roberts will have more options to produce a new lineup card every single game.

    • Agreed but don’t forget Pedro Beas who most of us gave up on but has been great lately. I hope it last.

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