Los Angeles Times

Free agency now comes at a price

LOS ANGELES - In the days following the World Series, David Freese pondered his options for the coming spring. At 35, he felt rejuvenated after joining the Los Angeles Dodgers in August. He displayed his value with an excellent postseason, enough for the team to consider picking up his $6-million option for 2019.

The interest coincided with two desires for Freese. He wanted to stay in Los Angeles. And he sought to avoid the demeaning, depleting process that free agency has become. He figured he would prefer retirement to waiting until March for a new deal. So he let the Dodgers cut his pay

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