With the exciting news Tuesday of the signing of Jose Dariel Abreu, the Sox have a cornerstone for one of the hard to find corner positions. But the key word is “one.” In 2013, the Sox shuffled in and out different bodies at third base, never quite finding the right person. They need a young guy, maybe in his late 20’s early 30’s who has a good glove and has shown the ability to hit for power. A guy who can handle the pressures of playing for a big time team. A guy like David Freese.
Freese would be the perfect fit for the White Sox. He would give the South Siders stability for next 6 years at a position they have had trouble filling since Joe Crede’s back gave out on him. Looking at the 2014 free agent list, the pickings are slim. The best options are Sox re-treads in Juan Uribe and Kevin Youkilis, but nobody wants to go down that road again. Just in 2012, Freese put up a stat line of .293/20/79 in a pitcher friendly park in Busch Stadium. Moving him to a hitter friendly park like US Cellular Field could do a guy like that wonders
So why would the Cardinals move a 30 year old third baseman who was the World Series MVP in 2011 and an all-star in 2012? They have three infielders and just two spots. Matt Carpenter, the Cardinals starting second baseman in 2013, was a third baseman playing second base and with hot shot rookie Kolten Wong making his arrival, it might be time for the Redbirds to move David Freese. And with his down 2013 (.262/9/60), the market shouldn’t be as high for Freese as it was just a few years back.
Anyone who just watched the World Series knows the Cardinals need desperate help on their bench. The White Sox have two potential plus bench players in Alejandro De Aza and Jeff Keppinger. A package of one of those along with a prospect might be enough to tempt the Cardinals in moving Freese. With David coming off a poor 2013, his value is at all-time low, and the perfect time for the Sox to swoop in and snag him.
Freese will be a free agent this winter, making it possible for the Sox to sign him outright, but why not try and move some bad contracts in the meantime. While the contracts of De Aza and Keppinger might be bad in the Sox eyes, they are the perfect type of players the Cardinals are looking for. Hahn is one for one so far with the signing of Abreu, lets make it two for two; pick up that phone and give our friends to the South a call.