Angels reportedly trade Peter Bourjos to Cardinals for David Freese

Peter-Bourjos-Ozzie-GuillenThe Los Angels Angels have reportedly agreed to trade outfielder Peter Bourjos to the St. Louis Cardinals in a deal that involves third baseman David Freese, according to Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times.

The 26-year-old Bourjos was one of the better center fielders in the league last year, despite appearing in only 55 games. The Angels will now likely use Mike Trout, also one of the games best gloves, in center field full time. It appears unlikely that the Cardinals will bring back Carlos Beltran, who is a free agent and has been drawing interest from teams with deep pockets like the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees. Bourjos gives them outfield depth.

Freese had a down year with St. Louis last season, but he hit .293 with 20 home runs and 70 RBI in 2012. He also established himself as one of the greatest clutch hitters in baseball during his magical World Series MVP run in 2011.

Prospects are also reportedly involved in the Freese-Bourjos deal.

Earlier this month, a report indicated that the Yankees could be interested in trading for Freese as an insurance policy with Alex Rodriguez’s status unknown. The Bourjos-Freese trade is the second significant MLB trade of the week, with the Detroit Tigers and Texas Rangers having swapped Prince Fielder and Ian Kinsler on Wednesday.

Yankees reportedly interested in trading for David Freese

Lance-Berkman-David-Freese-200-millionThe Alex Rodriguez saga appears to be a long way from a resolution, which means the New York Yankees have a gaping hole in their lineup. If A-Rod’s suspension is upheld, the Yankees will begin the 2014 season without a third baseman. In order to fill that void, they are looking into the possibility of trading for St. Louis Cardinals infielder David Freese.

Freese, who established himself as one of the greatest clutch hitters in baseball during the 2011 World Series, is coming off a down year. He hit .262 with just nine home runs and 60 RBI. According to the NY Daily News, the Cardinals want to shift Matt Carpenter from second base to third to make room for top prospect Kolten Wong, who you may remember from this epic flub in Game 4 of the World Series.

Because of his mediocre stats in 2013, Freese likely wouldn’t cost the Yankees much and could be a great insurance policy if Rodriguez is out. Yankees president Randy Levine said the team fully expects A-Rod to be available on Opening Day.

“We are under the impression that he’s going to come back,” Levine said. “That’s the way we’ve budgeted it. That’s the way we think. We have no control over that and we’ve never had any control. That process is going on and it will be over with by the end of the year. That’s what I’m told.”

We all know it may not be that simple. And even if it was, Rodriguez will turn 39 next season and has been plagued by hip issues. New York may have no choice but to turn him into a $30 million designated hitter. The 30-year-old Freese, a career .286 hitter and great performer in October, would be a nice addition either way.

David Freese hits big Game 5 home run, remains Mr. October (Video)

David Freese, who played so well in the 2011 MLB playoffs that he inspired me to change the website name for a day, was at it again during Game 5 of the NLDS between the St. Louis Cardinals and Pittsburgh Pirates.

David FreeseFreese went deep off Pirates starter Gerrit Cole with a man on in the second inning to give the Cardinals a 2-0 lead. That was pretty much all Adam Wainwright needed, because he didn’t allow a run until the seventh. Then Matt Adams pretty much put the game out of distance with a 2-run bomb in the eighth to make it 5-1, and they closed it out with a 6-1 victory.

Freese entered Game 5 only 2-for-13 (.154) in the series, and he struck out in his other two at-bats, so it’s not like he’s been scorching this series. But he delivered the big blow, which is all too familiar of a feeling from him. Freese now has hit seven home runs and 29 RBIs in 36 career postseason games. He laid an egg going 5-for-26 (.192) in last year’s NLCS, but he’s trying to make up for it this time around.

Between Freese’s near 1.000 career postseason OPS and Carlos Beltran’s unreal career playoff stats, the Cardinals have a couple of the best postseason hitters in modern history on their side.

Reporter Julie Tristan repeatedly hits on David Freese during extremely uncomfortable fluff piece (Video)

Reporter Julie Tristan is becoming known this across the country, and it’s not for a good reason. The host of KSDK’s “Show Me St. Louis!” did a feature last week on Cardinals third baseman David Freese riding the new Mr. Freeze ride at Six Flags St. Louis. For some reason, Tristan took the opportunity to shamelessly hit on the the ballplayer repeatedly.

Some of her choice lines included:

“We’re going to hit on you, heavily.”

“I think what everyone wants to know is … do you have a girlfriend???”

“Do you prefer blondes or brunettes?”

“Last question: Do you think we’re pretty?”

“Isn’t he just the cutest? We look perfect together!”

Tristan of course capped it all off by saying of Freese, “I love you.”

Videos of women asking out professional athletes are cute when they involve a service person and a choreographed invite to a military ball, not an actual TV reporter. A word of advice for Tristan after that pathetic display: Express your crushes on your personal time, not when you’re supposed to be a professional on camera. That was disgusting.

Big thank you to Deadspin for sharing the video.

Lance Berkman believes David Freese could become a $200 million player

When you think about David Freese, you might think about a guy who put together arguably the most clutch World Series performance in history and led his team to a title. There is no questioning that Freese is a hero in St. Louis, but does the soon-to-be 29-year-old infielder have the tools needed to become one of the game’s best players? If you ask teammate Lance Berkman, it is a definite possibility.

According to MLB writer Anthony Castrovince, Berkman had this to say on Tuesday when asked about Freese: “If you’re looking for your next $200 million contract, he’s got a chance. He’s that kind of player.”

Freese still has a long way to go if he is hoping to earn that kind of money, but he could be poised for a breakout season in 2012. In only six games, Freese has already belted three home runs and driven in 10. Last season, he hit .297 with 10 homers and 55 RBI in 97 games for the Cardinals. Now that he is entering what are considered the prime years of a baseball player’s career and is going to be an everyday starter, Freese will have a chance to put up big numbers.

If Joey Votto and Prince Fielder have taught us anything over the past several months, it’s that $200 million contracts are becoming more and more attainable. Prior to his MVP season in 2010, many people had never even heard of Votto. If they still hadn’t heard of him before he signed a $225 million extension with the Reds last week, they have now. With a monster season in 2012, Freese could soon become a very rich man.

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David Freese Adds World Series MVP to NLCS MVP

We didn’t temporarily name the site after the guy for nothing. David Freese won World Series MVP for the St. Louis Cardinals by driving in seven runs, including three in a ridiculously clutch performance in Game 6. He went 1-for-2 with two walks and a two-run double in Game 7. Freese also set a postseason record with 21 RBIs during the playoffs.

It was an incredible development for Freese considering the 28-year-old only has played 184 career games and tallied 604 career at-bats. He missed time this year after sustaining a broken hand and concussion from hit-by-pitches. Neither injury prevented him from contributing during the season and playoffs.

Of all the talented sluggers in St. Louis’ lineup — Albert Pujols, Matt Holliday, Lance Berkman — I never would have expected David Freese to break out and help carry the team. The St. Louis native did so with three home runs and nine RBIs against the Brewers, and seven more RBIs against the Rangers.

To give you an idea of how surprising and spectacular his postseason was, Freese hit five home runs in the playoffs. He has 15 home runs for his career. Was it a fluke or was it a breakout? It doesn’t matter, because he has the ring, MVPs and his name in the record books forever.

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David Freese, Cardinals Force First World Series Game 7 Since 2002

David Freese. David freaking Freese. We’ve never changed the title of the website here in nearly five years of operation, but it felt like the appropriate way to honor the man for his incredible performance in Game 6.

Freese clutched up in the bottom of the 9th inning with a two-run triple to tie the game at 7. Nelson Cruz slowed as he neared the right field wall and the ball went over his and off the wall. We still wonder if Cruz could have made the catch if he went balls to the wall, but he slowed to avoid a crash. It cost Texas.

In the 10th, after a gimpy Josh Hamilton hit his first home run of the series — a two-run shot to go up 9-7 — Lance Berkman delivered a two-run single to tie the game.

Then facing Mark Lowe in the bottom of the 11th (seriously, who is Mark Lowe and why was he pitching in the World Series?), Freese had a full count and blasted a walk-off shot to straightaway center field. It was a magical moment.

Have you ever batted in the bottom of the 9th with the game on the line? Have you ever batted with your team’s season on the line? How about being down to one strike with the World Series on the line? David Freese did it all, and he delivered. One of the most clutch baseball performances I’ve ever seen. I still love what Scott Spiezio and the Angels did to rally in ’02, but Freese’s performance was awesome.

Freese donated his bat and jersey from the game to the Hall of Fame. That jersey, by the way, was ripped to shreds by his teammates:

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