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Tuesday News & Notes: Longoria Receives Extension…What About Freese?

Good Morning Cardinal Nation,

Here’s what I have for you this morning, 25,000 feet above air as I travel back to St. Louis…

— As I mentioned last night, Kolten Wong was honored by the AFL on Monday.

— Derrick Goold wrote this morning about Gary LaRocque, who has a new position with the Cardinals

— Oscar Taveras was named to the Topps Double-A All-Star team, from MiLB.com

Andy Pettitte agreed to one-year contract worth $11 million with the New York Yankees. Pettitte turned 40 this past June.

Evan Longoria received a nice raise in salary on Monday, a six-year extension on his contract that is worth $100 million, keeping him in Tampa until at least 2022.

Between the Longoria contract and the contract offer that David Wright received from the Mets yesterday, I naturally started thinking about David Freese and how soon the Cardinals should start thinking about giving him a lucrative contract. Freese is arbitration-eligible for the first time this December and will not able to apply for free agency until 2016. Obviously the Cardinals have lots of time. Having said that, I do think the Cardinals should start to think about what kind of contract they have to offer Freese to avoid a situation where he’s a free agent and might get a contract from someone like the Dodgers, Yankees, or other teams that do not have a spending limit.

I was watching MLB Network’s recap of the 2011 World Series the other night and it gave me chills, as it always does. David Freese single-handedly saved the Cardinals from elimination in Game Six and has since arguably become the biggest fan favorite next to Yadier Molina. I would like to see him to stay here for the long term. Let’s hope that we have a lot more than two more years of the Hometown Hero.

In 2012, David Freese hit .293 with 20 HRs and 79 RBIs. He recently was involved in a car accident which you can read about here

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