Second baseman Kolten Wong has spent his entire career in the National League Central, playing the last eight seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals.
Now he will make a short jaunt within the division. Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports confirmed Wednesday afternoon that the 30-year-old has inked a two-year deal worth $18 million with the Milwaukee Brewers.
Free-agent second baseman Kolten Wong in agreement with Brewers on two-year, $18M contract with a third-year club option, pending physical, source tells @TheAthletic.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) February 3, 2021
Wong will take the second base spot away from Luis Urias, who last season started 41 games for Milwaukee. Urias hit just .239 with no homers and 11 RBI in the shortened season.
By contrast, Wong hit .265 in 53 games with a homer and 16 RBI. Wong is a lifetime .261 hitter with 53 homers and 281 RBI in eight MLB seasons.
Signing Wong is a good move for the Brew Crew. It not only helps the Brewers fill a position of need, but it also weakens the Cardinals, who will likely begin 2021 with Tommy Edman as the starting second basemen.
St. Louis did have the chance to keep Wong, but in a surprising move, the Cardinals declined his $12.5 million option.
The Brewers were not the only team in the NL Central to court Wong. Rumor had it the Chicago Cubs also had discussions about bringing in the 30-year-old.