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.
Freeman's contract was selected from Triple-A Columbus.
Freeman posted a 1.007 OPS with three home runs through nine games in Columbus and will provide additional middle-infield depth with Francisco Lindor (ankle) still on the mend. Eric Stamets was optioned to Triple-A in a corresponding move. Freeman will start at shortstop and bat ninth Friday at Seattle.
Freeman signed a minor-league contract with Cleveland on Tuesday, T.J. Zuppe of The Athletic reports.
Freeman was designated for assignment by the Cubs at the beginning of November. He figures to begin the 2019 season at Triple-A Columbus and serve as organizational depth.
Freeman was outrighted from the Cubs' 40-man roster Friday, Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports.
Freeman only played in one game for the Cubs this season. As expected, he was cast off the 40-man roster in order to free up space for a younger prospect to be protected from the Rule 5 draft.
Freeman's contract was selected by the Cubs on Saturday, Sahadev Sharma of The Athletic reports.
The 31-year-old has appeared in 56 big-league games in his career, hitting just .134/.211/.201. He hit a mediocre .274/.330/.396 in 78 games for Triple-A Iowa this season. He's unlikely to be anything other than emergency middle-infield depth with Addison Russell out on administrative leave.
Freeman is batting .408 through 49 Cactus League at-bats with two home runs, 10 RBI and four stolen bases.
The 30-year-old leads the Cubs in hits this spring with 20 and has been a pleasant surprise. Freeman likely won't make the 25-man roster to begin the year, with versatile players like Ben Zobrist and Tommy La Stella holding down reserve roles, but he's at least putting himself into the conversation in the event any spots open due to injury. Freeman will likely head to Triple-A, where he spent most of 2017 with three different organizations.
Freeman signed a minor-league contract with the Cubs that includes an invitation to spring training.
Freeman spent the last couple months of the 2017 season with Chicago, which wound up being his third different organization in that calendar year. Although he spent most of his time in Triple-A, Freeman appeared in 35 big-league games split between the Cubs, Dodgers and Mariners, but hit just .100/.182/.183 in 60 at-bats. The utility man could serve a similar role during this upcoming season, but don't expect any sort of impact at the fantasy level.
Freeman was designated for assignment by the Cubs on Thursday, Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports.
Freeman was ousted from the 40-man roster to clear room for Jacob Hanneman, who was claimed off waivers from the Mariners in a corresponding move. Freeman spent time with three teams in 2017, compiling an unimpressive .100/.182/.183 line in 66 plate appearances. He'll take a spin through waivers to determine his landing spot for next season.
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