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The St. Louis Cardinals Trade a Lefty

MLB.com’s Jenifer Langosch tweeted earlier that the St. Louis Cardinals have agreed to trade left-handed reliever Sam Freeman to the

Former Cardinals Reliever Sam Freeman.

Former Cardinals Reliever Sam Freeman.

Texas Rangers in exchange for cash considerations or a player to be named later. The Cardinals still had 3 lefty’s this late in spring training and since Freeman was out of options and would more than likely not clear irrevocable waivers, the best thing the Cardinals could do was to trade him and get something back in return.

The Cardinals currently have both Randy Choate and Kevin Siegrist from the left side out of the bullpen, and it is a rarity that a club would carry 3 lefties. Freeman became the odd man out more than likely because of his career control issues. Freeman’s career minor-league walk rate over six seasons and 288 1/3 innings is 10.01% (and 8.97% in Triple-A). In the majors, Freeman posted an 11.2% walk rate over 70 1/3 innings.

You may also remember his one play-off appearance in game 1 of  the NLDS against the Dodgers. He faced 2 Dodger lefties and walked them both. Those were the only 2 batters he ever saw in that series. He was then subsequently replaced on the play-off roster for the NLCS by catcher A.J. Pierzynski. Trading Freeman also frees up a spot on the 40 man roster the team will probably use for non-roster invitee Carlos Villanueva.

 

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