The Reds reassigned Freeman to their minor-league camp Monday.
Freeman had been in contention for a utility role on the Reds' Opening Day roster, but his demotion leaves Kyle Farmer and Alex Blandino as the main contenders for one or two available reserve jobs in the infield.
Freeman was traded from Cleveland to Cincinnati in exchange for cash considerations Friday, Zack Meisel of The Athletic reports.
The move could be a good one for Freeman, as the Reds have a very uninspiring mix of options at shortstop, featuring players such as Jose Garcia, Kyle Farmer, Kyle Holder and Dee Strange-Gordon. Of course, Freeman isn't a particularly exciting option himself. His career .232/.315/.330 slash line fits right in with the aforementioned group, so there's no particular reason to believe he'll move to the forefront. Even if he does carve out a regular role, it's hard to envision him posting the kind of numbers that would help most fantasy teams.
Freeman re-signed with Cleveland on a minor-league deal Thursday.
The contract includes an invitation to big-league camp, where Freeman should be in the running for a bench spot. He's filled that role on and off in Cleveland for the last two seasons, hitting a passable .270/.352/.377 in 256 plate appearances.
Freeman elected free agency Saturday rather than accept an outright assignment to Triple-A Columbus.
Freeman filled a bench role for Cleveland during the abbreviated 2020 campaign, hitting a modest .237/.302/.316 in his 43 trips to the plate. That slash line looks a whole lot like his career .232/.315/.330 career marks, meaning the 33-year-old will almost certainly be searching for a minor-league deal this winter.
Freeman was outrighted to Triple-A Columbus on Friday.
Freeman provided defensive versatility for Cleveland in 2020, but he only logged 38 at-bats, slashing .237/.302/.316 with three RBI and 11 strikeouts. The 31-year-old was more effective at the plate in 2019, and another team could take a chance on him to serve as a defensive option at multiple positions.
Freeman has started just eight games this season and managed just three in Cleveland's last 21 contests.
Cleveland's infield has stayed very healthy this season, so bench players like Freeman haven't been needed much. A total of eight starts in the infield have gone to players other than Opening Day starters Carlos Santana, Cesar Hernandez, Jose Ramirez and Francisco Lindor. Freeman has received five of them, with Yu Chang receiving three. Freeman has done little of note in his limited playing time, hitting .229/.300/.314 through 40 plate appearances.
Freeman will be included on the Indians' 30-man, Opening Day roster, Ryan Lewis of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
The 32-year-old was in close competition with Christian Arroyo in spring training to make the original Opening Day roster, and both players will be present in the team's initial 30-man group. Freeman had a solid showing in his first significant major-league action in 2019, posting a .752 OPS with four home runs and 24 RBI in 213 plate appearances.
Freeman will be a part of the Indians' 60-man player pool this season.
While Freeman isn't on the 40-man roster, he had impressed enough in spring training that he may have broken camp with the big club under normal circumstances. The Indians were initially going to have to choose between rostering Freeman or Christian Arroyo, but now they will be able to find MLB playing time for both utility infielders this season.
Freeman was in a tight race with Christian Arroyo for the utility infielder spot when camp was suspended, Mandy Bell of MLB.com reports.
The Indians designated him for assignment early in the offseason when they brought in Emmanuel Clase and Delino DeShields, but Freeman has a lot of respect in the clubhouse after being something of an unsung hero in 2019. He hit .286/.400/.381 with zero home runs, six strikeouts and four walks in 25 plate appearances this spring. While Arroyo is on the 40-man roster and might be the better hitter, Freeman is the superior defender, and might be a more trusted by manager Terry Francona.
Freeman was sent outright to Triple-A Columbus on Friday, Paul Hoynes of Cleveland.com reports.
Per Hoynes, Freeman has until Sunday to accept his assignment to Triple-A Columbus before becoming a free agent. He hit .277 with four home runs and 24 RBI with Cleveland over 75 games a season ago.
The Indians designated Freeman for assignment Sunday.
Freeman became a casualty after the Indians needed to open up spots on the 40-man roster for trade pickups Delino DeShields and Emmanuel Clase, who were acquired from the Rangers on Sunday in exchange for Corey Kluber. The 32-year-old Freeman posted a serviceable .752 OPS across 213 plate appearances in 2019 and has the ability to play multiple positions, so he could draw interest elsewhere via waivers.
Freeman is not in the lineup Saturday against Washington.
Freeman had moved into a starting role at second base, starting each of the previous five games. Andrew Velasquez gets the nod at the keystone in his absence.
Freeman is not in the lineup Wednesday against Detroit.
Freeman seemed like a potential replacement for Jose Ramirez (hand) at third base, but he's been on the bench for two of the three games since Ramirez hit the injured list. Yu Chang gets the nod at the hot corner again Wednesday even with a righty (Jordan Zimmermann) starting for the Tigers.
Freeman is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Royals, Lynn Worthy of The Kansas City Star reports.
Freeman will be on the bench for a sixth straight game, but his time as a lightly used reserve could be over after Jose Ramirez was placed on the 10-day injured list Sunday with a fractured hand. The Indians recalled infielder Yu Chang from Triple-A Columbus and will hand him a start at third base in the series finale, but his entry into the lineup is most likely the result of the Tribe facing a left-hander (Eric Skoglund). The lefty-hitting Freeman profiles as the next man up behind Ramirez, so expect him to occupy the larger side of a platoon with Chang at the hot corner. Freeman has slashed a respectable .283/.371/.442 across 137 plate appearances this season.
Freeman remains out of the lineup for Monday's game against the Red Sox.
With the surging Indians tied with the Twins for first place in the American League Central, manager Terry Francona is expected to ride his everyday players hard until the team punches its ticket to the postseason. That mindset will likely continue to result in scant opportunities for reserve options like Freeman, who has started just once in the past two weeks.
Freeman went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer and two runs scored in Monday's 8-6 win over Detroit.
Freeman's second-inning blast off Tigers starter Daniel Norris opened the game's scoring. It was his third long ball of the season after entering 2019 with just one in his career. He's registered a solid .839 OPS in 90 plate appearances.
Freeman got the start in left field Tuesday and hit ninth, going 2-for-4 with a solo home run in an 8-6 loss to the Royals.
The homer was just the second of the season for the 31-year-old utility player, but Freeman has been taking advantage of his opportunities lately, collecting two hits in each of his three starts over the last week. He's now slashing .273/.380/.409 in a meager 82 plate appearances on the year, and his recent semi-surge in playing time isn't likely to last.
Freeman remains out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Yankees.
Freeman hasn't drawn any starts since May 31 and has made only one appearance off the bench in the subsequent seven games without logging an at-bat. He'll continue to see minimal opportunities while the everyday infield quartet of Carlos Santana, Jason Kipnis, Francisco Lindor and Jose Ramirez is healthy.
Freeman will bat second and man second base Sunday against the Athletics, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Freeman will replace Jason Kipnis at the keystone while also assuming Kipnis' usual spot in the batting order. It's the most favorable assignment to date for Freeman, who had hit either seventh or ninth in each of his previous seven starts this season.
Freeman is starting at shortstop for the second straight game Wednesday against Seattle.
Freeman was called up Tuesday and inserted into the lineup right away, preferred over Max Moroff, who had been on the roster since Opening Day. Freeman's role isn't likely to last long, as Francisco Lindor (ankle) is close to returning from the injured list.
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