Indians: Looking back at Mike Freeman’s one year in Cleveland

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Mike Freeman spent one season with the Cleveland Indians as a utility infielder and recently lost his roster spot after the Corey Kluber trade.

The Corey Kluber trade did more than just cause Cleveland Indians fans to lose their minds. It also cost Mike Freeman a job.

Freeman was quietly designated for assignment earlier this week once the trade went through to clear up a spot on the 40-man roster.

Freeman was actually a 1.3 WAR player in 75 games during his only season in Cleveland. He played all over the infield and even though his inclusion in the lineup sometimes sparked jokes about the front office limiting the team’s success, his presence wasn’t a major problem.

He is in a bit of a rough spot now, being 32 years old and just playing in a career-high 75 games. Rebuilding teams may not want him to take time over young guys who will be part of the future plans. Contenders may avoid him due to his lack of major league experience.

Knowing the Indians he could even re-sign for a minor league deal with the club. For some reason, the team carries veterans in Triple-A sometimes longer than necessary. He did post a .362 on-base percentage, so he isn’t the worst emergency option in case of injury.

The problem with Freeman playing in 75 games last season is that the Indians could have easily spent some money to improve the team instead of relying on a journeyman infielder. The same was true in the outfield before a trade was finally made to acquire help in the form of the lovable Yasiel Puig.

But that is a painful story for another time.

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Does anyone have any fond memories of Freeman’s time in Cleveland? If so, please share them in the comments below.