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MLB: Angels decline David Freese’s $15.8 million qualifying offer

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Photo Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Angels on Friday decided to decline third baseman David Freese’s $15.8 million qualifying offer. 

Los Angeles opting against picking up the 32-year-old’s option now allows teams to pursue him without the fear that they could a draft pick. Although it’s bit of a surprising move given the expected slim free agent market the position, the Angels are expected to meet with the former All-Star in the coming days. 

Despite dealing with injuries over the past two seasons, Freese has been a reliable option at the hot corner for the Angels. He has hit at least 10 home runs and driven in 55 RBIs in each campaign, and was a steady glove at third base. 

If the Angels do decide to go in another direction, they could go in house and give Kaleb Cowart a shot at the full-time position next season. Cowart had his first playing time in the majors last season, and was one of the fill-in starters when Freese was out due to injury. 

In other team related news, the team also declined team options on both veteran outfielders David Murphy and David Dejesus making them free agents this offseason. 

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Bob Garcia IV

Staff Writer at Sports Out West
Bob Garcia IV is a sports journalist from Southern California. He's currently the Los Angeles Lakers beat writer for Sports Out West. He is also currently covering the NBA and NFL for ClutchPoints. He was previously the beat writer for LA Rams Report for, which is a website dedicated to covering the Rams. Lastly, he was a reporter for the award-winning newspaper, The Daily Sundial, at California State University, Northridge. You can follow him on Twitter, @BGarciaivsports.

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