So will Kolten Wong be traded or will be our starting second baseman for 2017? I always found in interesting with GM John Mozeliak that he really doesn’t give much information about what he is up to but we certainly do follow the ups and downs of Kolten Wong. Last year he was sent down to Memphis to technically work on his hitting but also to make room for players coming off the disable list. This evening Steve Adams of MLBTraderumors released this article….. Cardinals GM John Mozeliak and manager Mike Matheny have both heaped praise onto second baseman Kolten Wong this winter, writes Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, further suggesting that the 26-year-old isn’t likely to be traded. Wong’s name surfaced in rumors earlier this winter and has come up in speculation that has been linked to St. Louis’ reported interest in Twins second baseman Brian Dozier, but Mozeliak speaks highly of the former first-round pick. “I don’t make lineups but you have to have the understanding of patience,” said Mozeliak. “He’s such a talented defender and when your team is built around groundball pitching it’s nice to have that behind you.” Mozeliak and Matheny have both called Wong a “Gold Glove-caliber everyday second baseman,” Goold notes. Wong tells Goold that he’s trying his best to put a poor 2016 season behind him and has been working out with former teammate Jon Jay, focusing specifically on speed and explosiveness rather than adding muscle. Wong has $24.25MM remaining on the five-year, $25.5MM extension he inked last March.
I tend to think that the Cardinals would consider trading Kolten Wong especially if Brian Dozier is the main target. Wong actually still has value as a trade chip; he’s still just 26, he has power and speed and the potential to be an above-average defensive second baseman. Plus, he’s under contract for the next four seasons for just $20.25 million (with a club option for 2021). The Twins figure to love that type of low-cost control. It’s not that the Cardinals want to give away Wong, who could very well turn into an All-Star in 2017, but Dozier is a much more reliable option at second base as the club tries to keep pace with the Cubs in the NL Central.