Houston Astros Should Absolutely Not Deal for Freddie Freeman
Can Freeman Stay Healthy?
Sep 13, 2015; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman (5) breaks his bat after hitting a foul ball against the New York Mets at Turner Field. The Mets defeated the Braves 10-7 in ten innings. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports
I’ll end my assault on the idea of trading for Freddie Freeman with my flimsiest argument. Freddie’s health is a little bit of a question for me. Yes, he was durable for his first four full seasons in the majors, but 2015 was different. He missed a quarter of the season with a wrist injury and a strained oblique.
It is plausible that the wrist injury, which was the most serious of the two, could linger and either cause pain or require surgery. That’s where Freddie makes his money. I’m not rooting for it, but I could see this being a problem for the young man if it is aggravated.
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For my money, I’d let Valbuena and Marwin Gonzalez handle first base until A.J. Reed surpasses the super two deadline and then give him the job. If the Astros need to deal prospects, they should do that for a high-end closer or frontline starting pitcher.