Mozeliak, on why Freese's production dropped off last year: "I don’t believe there was anything physical he was dealing with. I also think [when] you think back to ’11, our memory of David gets captured in a four-week period when he was just one of the hottest hitters on Earth. So our expectations rose. What we wanted to keep seeing and believed we could see, at some point it’s hard to live up to those expectations. David growing up in St. Louis, this could not have been the easiest place for him to play given those circumstances. Even though he loved being here and loved being a Cardinal. ... I do think he may be looking forward to a fresh start. This was not an easy year for him."

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