Dodgers sign David Freitas for minor league deal

The Dodgers and Catchers David Freitas have signed a minor league deal Transaction Tracker at MLB.com. The PSI Sports Management customer is expected to receive an invitation to Major League Spring Training.

Freitas, who turned 34 in March, played three straight years in the majors starting in 2017. He played 59 games at that stretch, playing for the Braves, Mariners and Brewers. His career batting line is currently .200/.268/.288. In 2020, he did not play in the regular season but was called back by the Brewers to take a spot on their postseason roster and get noticed with his only record appearance.

Although Freitas didn’t perform much in the majors, his strong work in the minors gave him opportunities. In 2019, he hit 12 home runs in 91 Triple-A games and produced a .381/.461/.561 slash line for a wRC+ of 154. That minor league work was enough to earn him a chance to play in Korea 2021 when he was signed by the KBO’s Kiwoom Heroes. However, he struggled at a .259/.297/.374 line and was placed on waivers in June. He signed with the Rays in August and hit .245/.364/.434 in 16 games for their Triple-A team. Last year, Freitas signed a underage contract with the Yanks but was fired after hitting .239/.310/.345 in 36 Triple-A games.

The Dodgers have Will Smith and Austin Barnes Doing the major league-level catching duties, but the only other backing for the 40-man is Diego Cartaya. He’s one of the most respected contenders in the league, but he’s yet to reach Double-A. The addition of Freitas gives the club an option for veteran depth without using a roster slot. If he manages to get back into the squad, he’ll be out of options but have just over a year of service left. Should his racquet finally break out at the big league level, the Dodgers could keep him for the foreseeable future.

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