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Pirates sign third baseman David Freese to one-year deal

The Pirates on Friday announced that they've signed free agent third baseman David Freese to a one-year deal worth $3 million.

Freese, who turns 33 next month, is coming off a 2015 season for the Angels in which he batted .257/.323/.420 (109 OPS+) with 14 home runs in 121 games. Across parts of seven major-league seasons for the Cardinals and Angels, Freese owns an OPS+ of 112. Freese was an All-Star in 2012 and with the Cardinals in 2011 was named NLCS and World Series MVP.

Prior to signing Freese, the Pirates may have needed some infield depth, what with Jung Ho Kang coming off a major leg injury and the unproved Alen Hanson angling to win the second base job. Freese of course won't see any time at second, but his presence could allow Josh Harrison to play there if needed.

To make room for Freese on the roster, the Pirates have designated left-hander Jesse Biddle for assignment.

PiratesDugout.com's George Von Benko spoke with Pirates GM Neal Huntington about the signing of David Freese.


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