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Wednesday, February 03, 2021

Kolten Wong, Milwaukee Brewers agree to deal, source says

Free-agent infielder Kolten Wong, who has won consecutive Gold Glove awards at second base, has agreed to a deal with the Milwaukee Brewers, a source confirmed to ESPN on Wednesday.

Wong, 30, has been one of the best defenders in baseball with 41 defensive runs saved over the past three seasons, which is tied for fourth at any position and is 15 more than any other second baseman during the period, according to ESPN Stats & Information.

He became a free agent after the St. Louis Cardinals declined to pick up his $12.5 million option for 2021 after the season. He received a $1 million buyout.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 03, 2021 at 02:29 PM | 8 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. salvomania Posted: February 03, 2021 at 03:18 PM (#6003560)
The Cardinals are going to regret this.

Wong is a plus-plus defender with a bat that has never quite come together, despite long stretches of decent production. He just turned 30, but doesn't seem to have lost any quickness. It's not hard to see this potentially being a huge bargain in terms of $/WAR.

If he stays healthy and puts up an OPS+ of 100, that's a 5-WAR season.
   2. salvomania Posted: February 03, 2021 at 03:20 PM (#6003562)
And does this mean Keston Hiura moves to a corner?
   3. The Duke Posted: February 03, 2021 at 04:34 PM (#6003592)
Edman is a slightly better hitter and less good defender but he will be $20 million cheaper so better value. I’d rather have Arenado and edman vs carp and wong.
   4. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: February 03, 2021 at 06:00 PM (#6003606)
Edman is a slightly better hitter and less good defender but he will be $20 million cheaper so better value.

Edman's going to pay the Cardinals $11M to play this year?
   5. Ron J Posted: February 03, 2021 at 06:12 PM (#6003609)
#4 I've heard of high league fees. This seems unusually high though.
   6. DL from MN Posted: February 03, 2021 at 06:17 PM (#6003612)
Wong is a great fit for that roster
   7. Nasty Nate Posted: February 03, 2021 at 09:14 PM (#6003656)
And does this mean Keston Hiura moves to a corner?
Presumably 1B.
   8. The Duke Posted: February 03, 2021 at 11:10 PM (#6003673)
Contract is 2/18 or 3/26. Cards will pay edman, a few million dollars during that time. Sounds like ~$20 million differential. What a I missing ?

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