Surprise, Ariz. - The Texas Rangers announced today that the club has acquired left-handed pitcher Sam Freeman (#50) from the St. Louis Cardinals in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations.
Freeman, 27, had no record and a 3.60 ERA (2 ER/5.0 IP) in 5 Grapefruit League appearances for St. Louis this spring. He went 2-0 with a 2.61 ERA (11 ER/38.0 IP) over a career-high 44 relief outings with St. Louis in 2014, making one appearance for the club in the National League Division Series against the Dodgers. He made 16 appearances with Triple-A Memphis early in the year before he was called up for the duration of the season in late May.
Freeman has appeared for the Cardinals in each of the last 3 seasons and owns a 3-2 record with a 3.33 ERA (26 ER/70.1 IP) in 81 career major league outings. He has made 57 appearances with St. Louis the past 2 seasons, going 3-0 with a 2.50 ERA (14 ER/50.1 IP), the 8th-lowest ERA in MLB in that span among left-handed relievers (minimum 50.0 innings). Born in Houston, Freeman graduated from Hebron High School in Carrollton, Texas, and still resides in Lewisville, a suburb of Dallas. He pitched at North Central Texas College in Gainesville and was selected by St. Louis in the 32nd round of the 2008 June draft out of the University of Kansas.
With today's trade, the Rangers now have a full 40-man roster.