(BaseballStL) - It's never easy telling a player that's had success in your organization that he's being traded to another team. But when that player was nothing short of heroic during a World Series run a couple years ago it makes it that much tougher.
David Freese took a phone call from Cards GM John Mozeliak on Friday telling him he was not a St. Louis Cardinal anymore. He was an Anaheim Angel. Freese says it was actually easier than he thought it would be.
"We just had a very good talk. Obviously it's a tough thing to do on both sides. But that's just part of the business. I completely understand that aspect," Freese said.
"It was just like any other conversation," Freese continued. "We're friends. And I don't think a lot of players can say that about their GM, their owner, their manager. I'm very close with all those guys. And I told Mo I'm going to save his number and he started laughing and he said 'you better'. I think Mo is just a great human being."
Freese hit just nine home runs this past season during what he describes as a very frustrating year. His defense seemed to regress as well. The emergence of Kolten Wong at second base and the ability to move Matt Carpenter to his natural position of third all made Freese expendable.
Many believe he's capable of a bounce back type of season in Anaheim where he could hit around .270 with 15-18 home runs. That type of production certainly would have made the Cards reconsider moving him. A lot of this deal hinges on how Freese plays over the next two years.