JUPITER, FL. (KMOV.com) -- The Cardinals will be seeing a lot of a familiar face this season. Just before 6:30 p.m. Eastern, the Pirates announced they had signed former Cardinal David Freese to a one-year contract.
Freese, the hero of an incredible Game 6 in the 2011 World Series, last wore a Cardinal uniform in 2013. In that offseason, St. Louis traded him and Fernando Salas to the Angels in exchange for Peter Bourjos and then-minor leaguer Randal Grichuk.
Freese finished two seasons in Los Angeles with an average of .258, hitting 24 home runs and posting 111 RBIs.
He gives the Pirates flexibility in their infield, allowing them a replacement third baseman as Jung Ho Kang returns to action following knee surgery and a first baseman once he does.
The Cardinals will face Freese early, as the team opens the season in Pittsburgh. They cap the schedule with a three-game home series against the Pirates as well, meaning if the division race is again tight, the Cardinals could be on the receiving end of their former third baseman’s heroics.