When David Freese says he is comfortable with where he’s at, one assumes the Cardinals third baseman is speaking beyond an almost empty clubhouse where he sits following a morning workout and a taping session with ESPN.

The network asked for 15 minutes but took two hours. Still, Freese emerges happy about sharing the experience with center fielder Jon Jay.

Freese has taken turns with the game and with life.

On this day he appears happy about where the combination has positioned him:

• More than five years have lapsed since the Cardinals acquired Freese from the San Diego Padres for former All-Star center fielder Jim Edmonds.

• It’s been four years since Freese’s major-league debut with his hometown team.

• Just over 16 months have gone by since Freese morphed from a productive player dogged by injury to a postseason superstar capable of becoming MVP in both the National League championship series and the World Series.

Freese, who turns 29 next month, achieved another milestone this winter by reaching arbitration. He received a one-year deal that more than split the difference between what he had sought and what the club initially bid.