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Atlanta Braves Sign Sam Freeman To Minor-League Deal

Sam Freeman has found a new home for next season, as reports indicate that Freeman has signed with the Atlanta Braves in a minor league deal.

According to Matt Eddy of Baseball America, Sam Freeman, a left-handed reliever who threw in the Milwaukee Brewers' organization this past season, has reportedly signed a minor-league deal with the Atlanta Braves for the 2017 season.

Freeman, who is 29 years of age, spent the majority of this past season within the depths of Milwaukee's farm system, staying with the club's Triple-A affiliate, the Colorado Springs Sky Sox, after being designated for assignment on May 2nd this past season. Freeman pitched to a 2-1 record, with a 5.20 ERA in 30 games pitched, including three starts, for the club. At the big league level, Freeman pitched horrendously, pitching to a 12.91 ERA in just seven appearances for the Brewers.

Freeman was selected in the 24th round of the 2007 MLB Amateur Draft by the St. Louis Cardinals, but did not sign with the club. The Cardinals again selected Freeman in the 32nd round of the 2008 Draft. After three years within the Cardinals' farm system, which included Freeman missing 2010 due to Tommy John surgery, Freeman made his debut on June 1st, 2012 against the New York Mets, which ended up being Johan Santana's no-hitter, the first, and only, no-hitter in Mets franchise history.

Freeman pitched respectably for the Cardinals before being traded to the Texas Rangers on March 28th, 2015. A week later, Freeman was designated for assignment, and was eventually outrighted on April 15th. On April 5th, 2016, Freeman was traded to the Milwaukee Brewers, where he was eventually designated for assignment again on May 2nd in response to Junior Guerra being recalled.


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