If the Phillies want a veteran with postseason experience and a solid bat, David Freese could be their guy. Playing for the fourth place Pittsburgh Pirates Freese is hitting .275 in 65 games with 11 extra-base hits.
Freese made his mark in the 2011 playoffs for St. Louis, winning NLCS and World Series MVP with 25 hits in 18 games. His power came on display during the NLCS with three home runs and some clutch hitting that helped the Cardinals to a championship.
Pittsburgh won’t need much for Freese with Colin Moran settled in as the everyday third baseman. A mid-level prospect should get the job done for Pittsburgh, who likely wouldn’t pick up a $6 million club option at the end of the season. A reasonable $500,000 buyout can void the final year of that deal.