Everything I read says that Freel could be the second baseman but is more valuable in a "utility" role. What exactly does that mean?
Freel is by far the Reds' best leadoff hitter. He needs to play most days. The team can't put him in the lineup only when someone is hurt or needs a rest.
Freel's best defensive position is the outfield, but those slots are taken, at least for now. Second base is the only regular position for him. Rest him occasionally, let him play outfield on occasion, but don't sit him waiting for something to open up.
Let someone else be the "utility" man.