The Angels, as expected, did not extend a $15.8-million qualifying offer to David Freese by Friday’s deadline, but they will continue to pursue the veteran third baseman in free agency.
“We’ll engage him in the marketplace — we love what he brings on the field and in the clubhouse,” General Manager Billy Eppler said in a text message. “I spoke personally with David, and we agreed that we should let our relationship continue organically and naturally on terms that we all agree upon.”
In other words, the Angels would like Freese back next season, but not for $15.8 million.
Had the Angels made a qualifying offer that was accepted, Freese’s 2016...