St. Louis Cardinals third baseman David Freese (23) takes batting practice before game four of the 2012 NLCS at against the San Francisco Giants Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports
ST. LOUIS (KSDK Sports) - The St. Louis Cardinals have agreed to a one-year deal with David Freese, avoiding arbitration.
Before the deal, Freese filed for $3.75 millon with the Cardinals offering $2.4 million. The Cardinals don't have any unsigned arbitration eligible players remaining now that they've agreed to terms with Freese.
Freese, 29, a St. Louis native and the 2011 World Series and National League Championship Series Most Valuable Player, is coming off a season in which he played in a career-best 144 games while starting 132. He batted .293 with career high totals of 20 home runs and 79 RBI, earning him his first All-Star Game appearance in 2012, coming by way of the Final Vote by the fans.
Freese holds the Major League record with 21 RBI in a single post-season capping off a playoff run that ended in the Cardinals 11th World Championship in 2011. He was the hero of Game 6 of the World Series hitting a game-tying triple in the ninth inning before a walk-off home run in the bottom of the 11th inning.
The Cardinals acquired Freese in a trade with the San Diego Padres in December 2007 for outfielder Jim Edmonds.