Freel hit .272 in six seasons with the Reds (2003-08). He was a fan favorite because of his hustle.
"People compare the way I play to the way Pete Rose played, and he was a big deal here," Freel said in 2006. "They like that style of baseball. It doesn't take talent and you don't have to be a superstar to play the game hard. It's all about your heart, where your heart is."