After an impressive two months in Los Angeles to finish the 2018 season, the Dodgers have agreed to bring back David Freese for 2019. The team bought out a $6 million option they possessed to sign a reported one-year, $4.5 million pact.
When the $500,000 buyout on the option is added in, the contract is worth a total of $5 million to Freese.
Freese, brought over in a trade on August 31, hit .385/.489/.641 in 19 games during the regular season. The 35-year-old infielder was also 8-for-22 in the postseason, including 5-for-12 in the World Series.
With the loss of Chase Utley, Freese assumes a leadership role within the clubhouse. Though he’s in the back-end of his career, the 10-year veteran is still a capable corner infielder, that will likely find plenty of at-bats with LA in 2019.
Make sure to stay up to date with the Dodger roster, checking in on the TBLA payroll worksheet as transactions occur this offseason.