Ryan Freel Signs With Somerset Patriots

Utility man Ryan Freel has signed with the Somerset Patriots of the independent Atlantic League, reports Ryan Dunleavy of The Courier News. Unable to land even a minor league deal this winter, Freel joins Sidney Ponson as former big leaguers who've headed to the indy ranks this offseason.

The 34-year-old Freel played for three teams in 2009, hitting .193/.290/.216 in 101 plate appearances. He's been going downhill ever since hitting .274/.368/.384 for the Reds from 2003-2006, but at least he can play all three outfield spots plus second and third bases. 

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