Freitas agreed to a one-year, $600,000 deal with the Kiwoom Heroes of the Korea Baseball Organization on Friday, Jee-ho Yoo of the Yonhap News Agency reports. The 31-year-old was set to be one of six catchers on Milwaukee's 40-man roster entering spring training, so he'll opt to head to Korea for the 2021 campaign instead. Freitas has a .200/.268/.288 slash line in 59 big-league appearances but he's expected to mostly serve as a designated hitter for the Heroes while also seeing time at first base and behind the plate.
The Brewers added Freitas to their 28-man roster Wednesday ahead of the wild-card series with the Dodgers, Will Sammon of The Athletic reports. Injured pitchers Brett Anderson (finger) and Devin Williams (shoulder) were left off Milwaukee's roster, opening spots for Freitas and outfielder Ben Gamel. Freitas is expected to serve as the Brewers' No. 3 catcher behind Jacob Nottingham and Omar Narvaez.
Freitas was optioned to Triple-A San Antonio on Wednesday. Freitas was in camp competing for a backup catcher spot but never seemed likely to win a role, as both Omar Narvaez and Manny Pina appeared to be safely ahead of him. If he does spend any time on the big-league roster this season, it's unlikely to be in a fantasy-relevant role. The 31-year-old has played just 59 games at the highest level, hitting .200/.268/.288 with one home run.
Freitas went 2-for-2 with a double and two RBI in Sunday's split squad game against the Angels. Freitas got off to a slow start this spring, but he doubled twice and knocked in three runs over his last three appearances. Even if he ends the exhibition season on a high note, his season will likely begin in the minors with both Omar Narvaez and Manny Pina comfortably ahead of him on the depth chart.
Freitas was optioned to Triple-A Tacoma on Friday. Friday's acquisition of Tom Murphy from the Giants meant Freitas was no longer needed at the major-league level, and indeed the catcher was sent down to Triple-A Tacoma to clear room for Murphy on the 25-man roster. It's a bit of unfortunate news for the 30-year-old considering he scored a run and hit an RBI sacrifice fly in Thursday's opener against the Red Sox. Freitas was expected to build upon his 2018 numbers (.215/.277/.312 with a home run in 36 games) after the departure of Mike Zunino during the offseason, but evidently it'll be Murphy and Omar Narvaez who will benefit from the available playing time.