Freese was searching for answers upon reporting for Spring Training on Saturday.
"I can't take the sick card, because that's already been used," Freese said, a veiled reference to C.J. Wilson recently saying that pitching with the flu was part of the reason he struggled last season.
"I'll just say I was terrible," Freese said.
The 31-year-old third baseman finished those first two months with a .203/.262/.273 slash line, a stretch that saw him miss 16 games with a fractured right middle finger. From the start of June to the end of September, though, Freese batted .281/.343/.425, adding eight home runs and 41 RBIs.
With Howie Kendrick gone and Josh Hamilton in the early stages of his recovery from shoulder surgery, the Angels basically need June-to-September Freese for the entire six-month season.
"I think I can do more," said Freese, who finished with a .260/.321/.383 slash line in 2014 after batting .262/.340/.381 in 2013 and .293/.372/.467 in 2012.
"Sometimes it doesn't serve a purpose to take out chunks of a bad year from a player," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "But I think with David Freese, it gives you a better snapshot of the player he can be, especially the way it happened. As he got into the season, you really saw the at-bats improve and you saw everything go the right way."
Freese needs everything to go the right way this year, because the Angels will lean on him heavily and because a big offseason awaits.
He's headed into his final season before free agency, and it's almost a certainty that Freese will be signing elsewhere next winter. The Angels used 17-year-old starter Ricardo Sanchez to acquire third-base prospect Kyle Kubitza from the Braves in January, giving them a guy they feel can take over at third base in 2016.
"I think having quality players in Triple-A is a good thing," Freese said, dismissing the notion that the Angels have his replacement in hand. "Next year is so far away. I hope nobody is thinking about that. Obviously management is, but as players, we're thinking about what we can do in camp to get ready for a season."
Freese and Kubitza, a 24-year-old left-handed hitter who will likely start the season in Triple-A, figure to spend a lot of time taking groundballs together this spring.
Freese doesn't expect it to be awkward, though.
"Absolutely not," he said. "I was a Cardinal and there were two or three first-round Draft picks playing third base with me. We're all Angels here, and the competition is great. I worry about myself. That's all you should do."