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By The Sports Xchange November 23, 2012 7:15 PM
St. Louis Cardinals third baseman David Freese avoided injury in a Thanksgiving Day auto accident in Wildwood, Mo. Freese crashed into a tree while he attempted to avoid a deer on Thursday afternoon, St. Louis County police officer Randy Vaughn told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Vaughn said Freese missed the deer and had exited his SUV when police arrived at the scene. He did not seek medical treatment and alcohol was not a factor, according to the report. Freese, 29, hit .293 with 20 homers and 79 RBI during the 2012 regular season. ---Minor-league infielder/outfielder Josh Fields has signed a minor-league contract with the Philadelphia Phillies. Fields, a former first-round pick, spent last season with triple-A Las Vegas in the Los Angeles Dodgers' organization. He hit .288 with 13 home runs. As a rookie with the Chicago White Sox in 2007, he had 23 homers and 67 RBI in 100 games, but his production dropped off dramatically after that. Fields, 29, has experience at the corners in the infield and outfield and likely will vie for a utility role with the Phillies in spring training. ---Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano recently became a U.S. citizen, but if he plays in the World Baseball Classic, it'll be for the Dominican Republic, according to the New York Daily News. "I still have to play for the Dominican, even if I didn't want to," Cano told the Daily News. "If I played for the U.S., I don't think they would ever let me come home. You saw what happened with Alex (Rodriguez); a lot of people got upset in the Dominican when he played for the U.S." ---Yankees pitcher Andy Pettitte is expected to make his decision by the end of next week about whether he will return for the 2013 season, CBSSports.com reported.