Calhoun on still-unsigned Freese: 'It's surprising'

Trout vows for consistency in 2016; Baldoquin signs with Boras

February 24th, 2016

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Spring Training is well under way, and David Freese, who spent the last two years as the Angels' everyday third baseman, is still without a team. Heck, he's hardly even been linked to a team.

"I don't really know what's going on," said Kole Calhoun, one of Freese's closest friends with the Angels. "It's kind of crazy. There's a lot of guys out there still."

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Freese is one of 46 unsigned free agents, according to a list compiled at The Angels decided against giving him the $15.8 million qualifying offer at season's end, so signing him won't cost teams a first- or second-round Draft pick, making it all the more surprising that Freese -- an All-Star and World Series MVP -- remains jobless.

The Angels never really presented Freese with a formal offer in free agency, either. Instead, they traded for converted third baseman Yunel Escobar, sending promising reliever Trevor Gott to the Nationals in exchange. Freese's career OPS (.761) is higher than Escobar's (.735), but Escobar is coming off one of his best offensive seasons and will only cost $7 million in 2016. That's key for an Angels payroll that is pretty much maxed out. 

So Freese just has to keep waiting.

"Good player, great in the clubhouse," Calhoun said. "It's as surprising to me as it is to anyone around baseball. Hopefully, something comes around. He definitely deserves it."

Around the horn

• Mike Trout said he aims to be "more consistent" this year. He believes the Angels "have a chance to win" and that they "have to get off to a good start." Asked about not acquiring a premier left fielder over the offseason, Trout said: "I just look at the guys we have now and go with that. We have a great group of guys."

• Albert Pujols recently listed his Irvine, Calif., home for sale, with a pricetag of $7.75 million. Pujols said the house has been on the market for three months, and that he wants to give it up so he can buy property closer to the ocean. The Angels' first baseman spent most of the offseason in Kansas City.

• Cuban shortstop Roberto Baldoquin, given an $8 million signing bonus in December 2014, joined the Boras Corporation during the offseason. Baldoquin was previously represented by Octagon. The 21-year-old spent the winter working out at Scott Boras' training facility in South Florida.

• ESPN will be at Angels camp on Thursday, as part of their "SportsCenter on the Road" package. Sunday Night Baseball analysts Aaron Boone and Jessica Mendoza will be on hand in Tempe, as will reporter Tim Kurkjian.