David Freese is returning to the Los Angeles Dodgers on a one-year deal, the team announced.
The Dodgers held a $6 million option on the 35-year-old infielder, which they did not exercise. Instead Freese received a $500,000 buyout as well as a new $4.5 million contract, according to ESPN and multiple reports. Freese joined the team in August after a trade from the Pittsburgh Pirates.
He was 8-for-20 with two home runs, six RBIs and a walk in 14 postseason games. With Chase Utley retiring, Freese will fill a veteran leadership role in the clubhouse for a Dodgers team that has come up short in two straight World Series appearances.