This certainly doesn’t sound well in regards to Kolten Wong’s future with the Cardinals. He has made a comment with sports writer Ben Fredrickson of the St. Louis Post Dispatch if he’d rather the Cardinals trade him than use him as a part-time player. Wong responded “One hundred percent. I don’t want to be here wasting my time. I know what kind of player I am. If I don’t have the belief here, then I’ll go somewhere else.”
It really looks bad for Wong that the Cardinals feel that his under achieving plate appearances puts him as a non full time player. The 26-year-old owns a modest .248/.309/.370 batting line in 1,469 plate appearances, including an even worse .247/.290/.327 in 336 PAs versus same-handed pitchers, and is coming off a year which featured a demotion to Triple-A.
While Wong has underwhelmed at the plate, that hasn’t been the case at the keystone, where he has totaled 19 Defensive Runs Saved and put up a 9.0 Ultimate Zone Rating in the majors. Wong’s cognizant of the value he has provided the Cardinals in the field.
“On defense, I’m one of the best second basemen in the league,” he declared. “I believe that and I know that.”
Both Mozeliak and manager Mike Matheny agree with Wong, having heaped praise on his defensive skills during the offseason. Of course, Mozeliak was responsible for giving Wong a five-year, $25.5MM extension last March. Wong addressed that deal Sunday and wondered aloud whether he’ll finish the contract in St. Louis, per Frederickson. Regardless, he believes the pact entitles him to a longer leash.
If the Cardinals feel it is time to trade Wong, I truly feel that Gteg Garcia should be given the chance for more at bats than Jedd Gyrko since Jedd is more like a super sub.
I also wonder if the Cardinals would consider trading for a second baseman due to 2018 free agent list looks dismal for second basemen. If there is one player that the Cardinals should trade for as a full time second baseman it would be Eduardo Nunez. Last year he had put up some power numbers HR16\RBI67\SB40….not bad at all. He’s earning a mere $1.475MM this season and is eligible for arbitration one final time this winter before hitting free agency following the 2017 season. Nunez could fill in for a team looking for a regular second baseman or bounce around between second base, shortstop, third base and left field. He doesn’t excel defensively at any of those spots, but the versatility is nice. Well its just a thought.