LAKELAND, Fla. -- Lefty Sam Freeman, whose roster status was complicated by his being out of Minor League options, was traded to the Rangers on Saturday. In return, the Cardinals will receive a player to be named later or cash considerations.
Freeman, a 32nd-round pick by the Cardinals in 2008, made 81 appearances for the club over the last three seasons. The Cardinals have long lauded his ability, but his ability to stick in the Majors has been complicated by persistent command troubles. There was more of that this spring, as Freeman walked at least one in his first four outings before pitching a clean inning against Washington on Wednesday.