The Freel Affair

Ryan Freel met with the team’s management on Tuesday for the second time in a month regarding his flagging playing time and his expectations for the rest of the season. Freel, who is currently on the disabled list, has said he is unhappy with his present utility role.

“I still believe in change. I don’t think I fit here,” he said before Tuesday’s game. “I don’t think I fit in probably what they wanted me to be here in this organization. I can’t control whatever they do at this point. I know it’s really putting a damper on my career, really hurting my career as far as getting a job next year. I’m pretty much just rolling with the punches.”

Andy MacPhail, Baltimore’s president of baseball operations, acknowledged Freel’s concerns but held out hope that the team will be able to bridge the gap over the next few weeks.

“He’s got a right to feel that way too, because since we acquired him we’ve acquired Felix Pie and Ty Wiggington,” said MacPhail of Freel’s uncompromising stance. “So some of the at-bats that we saw right in the beginning have probably dried up for him. It never bothers me in the slightest when a guy wants to play. I think it’s a good thing.”

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One comment

  1. strovel

    Fact is, Freel is a 33-year-old utility guy who will get on base a good bit and steal a few bases. Doesn’t deserve to play over Wigginton, and the Orioles need to see what Pie can do, given significant playing time. The right role for Freel on the club is getting about 100 PA. I’m betting he was an afterthought in the Hernandez trade, just as some insurance if the Orioles didn’t find any other major-league-ready players to fill out the roster.

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