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