Now we know for sure, the Yankees aren’t getting David Freese from the Cardinals.
Freese has instead been traded to another American League team in need of a third baseman. The Cardinals sent Freese and reliever Fernando Salas to Anaheim for defensive standout Peter Bourjos and a solid outfield prospect named Randal Grichuk.
When the Yankees were connected to Freese — beyond speculation, but in reports of actual trade talks — we learned pretty quickly that the two teams seemed to be a bad match. The Cardinals wanted big-league-ready outfield depth and the Yankees didn’t have that to offer. Brett Gardner might have done the trick, but that would have opened as many holes as it filled (and is Freese really better than Gardner?).