2B - FA
Free agent Kolten Wong is still a priority for the St. Louis Cardinals. They "maintain interest in bringing" him back, despite declining his $12.5 million option back in November, per Jon Heyman of MLB Network.
Heyman added that the option decline was more about the price than anything and that the Cards still like him. Wong put up a .265/.350/.326 batting line to along with one home run, 16 RBI, and five stolen bases over 181 at-bats in 2020. He also took home his second-consecutive gold glove. The Cardinals are the only team Wong has ever known and they have a good shot to bring him back.
Jon Morosi of MLB.com reports Kolten Wong could become the Blue Jays' top priority among free-agent second baseman if DJ LeMahieu returns to the Yankees.
Toronto is certainly interested in LeMahieu, but many in the industry expect him to return to New York. Wong has received interest from several clubs, as his defense at the keystone is as good as it gets. The Blue Jays are known to be looking to spend after an encouraging 2020 season.
Free agent 2B Kolten Wong told Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch that he is "not closing the door" on returning to the Cardinals.
Wong adds that he has already been contacted by six teams since the Cardinals declined his $12.5 million option for 2021. The 30-year-old had a down year at the plate in 2020 but his track record shouldn't be overshadowed by such a small sample size. Additionally, Wong is one of the very best defensive infielders in baseball these days.
The Cardinals declined Kolten Wong's $12.5 million option for 2021.
Wong had an underwhelming year at the plate this past summer, hitting .265 with one homer and a .676 OPS in 53 games. The Cardinals are reportedly still interested in keeping him in St. Louis, however. Wong still has a lot of defensive value to offer as a starting second baseman.
Kolten Wong went 1-for-4 with a home run and four RBI in the Cardinals 11-9 loss to the Padres on Thursday in Game 2 of their Wild Card series.
Wong only hit one home run during the regular season but he took Zach Davies deep for a two-run shot in the second inning to put St. Louis up 4-0. He picked up two more RBI later in the game with a ground out and a sacrifice fly. The 29-year old will continue to set the table for the Cards offense in Game 3 on Friday.