Tony Wolters, Rocky Gale, Tim Federowicz. There’s a new name we can probably add to our list of players who hang out in Triple-A to provide catching depth for an organization, with the reward being that they’re sometimes on a 40-man roster while in the minors and they sometimes get to come up and play a handful of games in the big leagues when someone gets hurt or someone’s wife has a baby or whatever it is.
That new name is David Freitas, whom you’ve maybe never heard of despite him playing three years in the majors for three different teams.
#Dodgers have signed C David Freitas to a minor league contract.
— MiLB-Transactions (@tombaseball29) January 5, 2023
Freitas hasn’t played in the big leagues since 2019, when he got 20 plate appearances between the Mariners and Brewers. He missed 2020 because there was no minor-league season, then started the 2021 season playing for the Kiwoom Heroes in the Korean Baseball Organization but was released in June and finished the year in the Rays organization. He spent 2022 in Triple-A with the Yankees before being released in July.
Freitas will be 34 in March, and he has 3,426 career plate appearances in the minors in which he’s batted .286 with an .803 OPS. In his 139 big-league PA, he’s batted .200 with a .556 OPS.
We may never hear Freitas’s name again, or he might end up in the big leagues for a week or two in 2023 and then DFA’d when Austin Barnes’ hamstring feels better or whatever it is that gets him called up. But he’ll be serving as a valuable safeguard in Triple-A, whether we think about him or not.
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